Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

October 11, 1952

On October 11, 1952, the Chicago Defender ran a column by Mary McLeod Bethune encouraging women to vote.  "American must stand on her own feet in the field of civil rights and economic security, no less than in matters of foreign policy," Bethune wrote.  "We women must reinforce our efforts to unite for peace and prosperity and brotherhood and freedom."  Bethune encourage readers to contact the League of Women Voters and the Women's Joint Congressional association: "Ask your local branch of these groups for further information on local or national matters.  That is their function.  And find out how to vote—and vote!  That is your function as a citizen.  If we are not too busy to live, then we cannot be 'too busy' to understand and help to direct the manner of our living."

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