Our ongoing series Feeding the Revolution looks at the organizations and individuals engaged in movements for progressive change; many of them worked to end discrimination in the food industry for customers and would-be employees. The New Negro Alliance (NNA) in Washington, D.C. had the largest and most successful direct action movement and the one with the most detailed documentary of the 1920s through the 1940s. The movement in the nation’s capital included boycotts picketing against food industry businesses including the A&P Supermarket chain, the arrest of protesters, and court cases including the U.S. Supreme Court case, New Negro Alliance et al. v. Sanitary Grocery Co., Inc. The1938 case had a profound effect on similar movements around the country and laid the foundation for future U.S. civil rights cases.
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