His father James, son of a Mississippi slave owner, served honorably with the 55th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Colored during the American Civil War. His mother Virginia Isaacs, according to family tradition, was the great-granddaughter of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Hemings, the sister of Sally Hemings.William Monroe Trotter Shortly after the war, the Trotters settled in Massachusetts. At seven months, young William and his parents moved back to Boston where they settled on the South End, far from the predominately African American West Side. The family later moved to suburban Hyde Park, a white neighborhood. As an adult, he lived in the first racially integrated neighborhood in America on Jones Hill in the Dorchester section of Boston. Today the William Monroe Trotter House, his Dorchester home, is a National Historic Landmark.  James Trotter was a man who broke through most racial obstacles placed before him. During the Civil War he achieved the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
He undoubtedly instilled similar values in his son William, who graduated Valedictorian and President of his high school class. William Trotter went on to Harvard University to pursue a career in international banking, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1895, and becoming the first man of color to be awarded a Phi Beta Kappa key. He went on to earn his Masters from Harvard in 1896. But, even with all his admirable academic achievements, Trotter hit a racial glass ceiling, frustrated in his efforts to excel in his chosen career. It is for this reason that he finally settled on a career in real estate, and later, newspaper publishing.
On June 27, 1899, he married Geraldine Louise Pindell (October 3, 1872 - October 8, 1918). In 1901, along with Amherst graduate George Forbes, he co-founded the Boston Guardian, setting up shop in the same building that had once housed William Lloyd Garrisons Liberator.The Guardians main target proved to be Booker T. There were frequent editorials and letters opposing the conservative accommodationist policies of the well known founder of Tuskegee Institute. Du Bois Trotter was a charter member of the Niagara Movement in 1905, an organization of African Americans that renounced the ideas set forth in Booker T. Washingtons Atlanta Compromise speech of 1895. Trotter soon left the Niagara Movement to form the National Equal Rights League. The Niagara Movement was instrumental in the later formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909. As a political activist, Trotter led protests against segregation in the federal government, and picketed the stage production of Thomas Dixon's Birth of a Nation in Boston, ultimately forcing it to close.
In the pages of the Guardian, he decried the plight of the Scottsboro boys. In 1912 Trotter helped support Woodrow Wilson for president, who in turn oversaw the segregation, and later expulsion of African American federal employees. Trotter and a group of African Americans went to the White House to protest President Wilsons actions. Offended by Trotters manner and tone, Wilson banned him from the White House for the remainder of his term in office. Wilson also put obstacles in the way of Trotter and other African-Americans attending the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, by refusing to issue passports.While in Paris Trotter attended the First Pan African Congress. On the night of April 7, 1934, William Monroe Trotter either jumped, or fell to his death at his home in Boston. The cause of death was given as Unspecified. It was his 62nd birthday. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed William Monroe Trotter on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.  The William Monroe Trotter Elementary School, a K-5 school named for WM Trotter, exists in Dorchester, Massachusetts, not far from where WM Trotters lived during his adult life.
The William Monroe Trotter Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston is also named after Trotter. The research institute focuses on the study of black history and black culture. Sellers: Get your own map of past buyers.
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