Handkerchief featuring the World War II Double V campaign design

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Double V handkerchief

In early 1942, the Pittsburgh Courier, the nation’s most widely read black newspaper at the time, proposed the idea of the Double V campaign. This idea and symbol aimed to support the war efforts while continuing to call on the government for equality and justice for all black Americans. Because a large portion of the county’s population did not have full and equal civil rights, there was a fight to be fought on two fronts – the war abroad and the injustice of racism and segregation at home.