The Negro Organization Society was
a grassroots advocacy association that stressed community self-improvement for
African Americans in Virginia during the Jim Crow era. Founded in 1912 at the Hampton Institute by Robert Russa Moton, its motto
was "Better Schools, Better Health, Better Homes, Better Farms." Pursuit of these
four goals was considered essential to the protection and welfare of black citizens,
especially in rural areas where the great majority of Virginia's . . .
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