Charles M. Williams to Woodrow Wilson


Charles M. Williams to Woodrow Wilson


Williams, Charles M.




1918 November 21


Requesting the President to intervene to put an end to mob violence.


National Archives and Records Administration 230/06/41 file #158260 box #1276 NARA ID #83


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library








70 Eye Street, N. E.,
Washington, DC

Hon. Woodrow Wilson,
President of USA,
White House,
Washington, DC

Honored Sir:

I am writing you a letter asking for a favor that if granted will go down in History with other great achievements that have been accomplished by you.

Enclosed I am sending you a newspaper article by a local paper of a heinous crime committed by a lawless crowd at Winston-Salem. Now, Mr. President, I, like thousands of black and white people look upon you as one of the greatest men in the United States, and one of the greatest peace-makers of the world. We look with pride at the work done by our soldiers; black and white. We have read the papers, magazines and periodicals on the war, and with great horror we have read of the outrages done by the so-called Hun, and look again with pride on the mobilization of the soldiers and sailors. Mothers have shed tears for their sons; sisters for their brothers; and sweethearts for their friends.

Mr. President, we have read with great pride of the regulations laid down by you, for peace, that the people of the world might have Peace and Liberty once again.

Negro mothers have given their sons, you have recognized their value and worth, yet here in this country after we have declared that the people of the world shall enjoy Liberty, a handful of American barbarians insult the country and violate the laws of the land, by cruelly murdering the colored people of the United States.

Mr. President is it not possible after you have proven to the civilized world what could be accomplished abroad to have the same results at home; where the Colored people feel that protection is denied them under the Stars and Stripes. We hope that you will find a way to put a stop now and forever to this nefarious practice.

The Colored people of the United States contributed willingly to Liberty Bonds, War Savings Stamps and in other ways aided the great cause for Peace and Liberty. We gave our sons and daughters, and sacrificed ourselves; there is nothing that the Colored people of the United States refused to do to help win the war, and we ask that you intervene in some way to put an end to this nefarious practice, and outrages upon the people of the Negro race.

I have the honor to remain,

Respectfully yours,
Chas M. Williams


Original Format



Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924




Williams, Charles M., “Charles M. Williams to Woodrow Wilson,” 1918 November 21, TI00253, Race and Segregation Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.