Progress Report, Apr. 10, 1944

The U.S. Negro has made the greatest progress in the shortest time of any race in history. So said the University of North Carolina's famed liberal President Frank P. Graham last week, addressing students of all-Negro Tuskegee Institute on Founder's Day. His documentation:

¶Negro illiteracy is down from 70% in 1880 to 10% in 1940.

¶The Negro's life span in ten years has increased from 49 to 55 years.

¶Lynchings declined from 57 in 1920 to five in 1941, are rarer still today.

¶More Negroes graduated from colleges in the past decade than in all the previous history of the race.


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