On July 28, 1917, W. E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP organized a silent march.
Ten thousand people, including children, walked down New York City’s Fifth Avenue to protest the recent massacre of African Americans in East St. Louis, Illinois, as well as the recent lynchings in Waco, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee.
The participants marched behind a row of drummers carrying banners calling for justice and equal rights.
The only sound was the beat of muffled drums.