Albert Einstein was surprised to see how black people were treated when he moved to the U.S. 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 had a fear of speaking in public, he made all the effort he could to spread the word of equality, denouncing racism and segregation and becoming a huge proponent of civil rights even before the term became fashionable. Einstein was a member of several civil rights groups, including the Princeton chapter of the NAACP.
“Albert Einstein challenges racism in the U.S.” sources: http://nedhardy.com/2013/04/22/albert-einstein-and-segregation-in-america/ and http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2007/04/albert-einstein-civil-rights-activist/