Intellectual and journalist who rose to fame as a community leader in the late 19th century. In 1919, he received the NAACP's Spingarn Medal.
He attended Harvard Law School after graduating from Lincoln University.
He became an advocate for the rights of African Americans and served as the vice president of the NAACP.
He married Sarah Stanley and had a child named Angelina Weld Grimke.
He led a protest against President Woodrow Wilson's segregation of federal offices in 1914.