Albert Einstein challenges racism in the U.S.

Black and white portrait of Albert Einstein, circa 1947, showing him with his signature bushy white hair, deep lines on his forehead, and a thoughtful expression. He is wearing a loose-fitting, buttoned-up cardigan.
Albert Einstein, circa 1947

When Albert Einstein moved to the U.S., he was surprised to see how black people were treated. Even in his new hometown of Princeton, he observed the separation of white and black society.

Having experienced racism as a Jewish man in Germany, Einstein thought of segregation as an unacceptable norm for society. So in 1946, at a speech at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, Einstein said, “There is separation of colored people from white people in the United States,” he said. “That separation is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. And, I do not intend to be quiet about it.” And, he wasn’t.

Although he feared public speaking, Albert gave his full effort to denouncing racism and segregation. He fought for equality, becoming a member of several civil rights groups, including the Princeton chapter of the NAACP.


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  • Turner, Orren Jack, photographer. Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>