Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Double V

In 1941, James G. Thompson, a cafeteria worker in Kansas, wrote a letter to the Pittsburgh Courier (the most widely read black newspaper in America at the time), urging a double victory campaign—victory over fascism abroad and discrimination at home. Much of the effort was directed toward jobs at home. The goals of the campaign were never fully realized, leading to further efforts at equal rights once the war ended.