Hallie Q. Brown to Alice Paul, 22 January 1921

Document 12: Letter from Hallie Q. Brown to Alice Paul, Wilberforce, Ohio, 22 January 1921, National Woman's Party Papers, 1913-1974, Library of Congress (Microfilm (1979), reel 5).


Pressure continued on the National Woman's Party to include African American women in the upcoming events. Hallie Quinn Brown, a well-known educator and president of the National Association of Colored Women, wrote requesting that her organization be represented at the dedication of the suffrage monument in Washington, D.C. An ardent foe of discrimination, Brown in 1925, led a boycott of a music festival sponsored by the International Council of Women, to protest its policy of segregation.

National Association of Colored Women

Office of MISS HALLIE Q. BROWN, President
Homewood Cottage
Wilberforce, Ohio

                    January 22, 1921.

Miss. Alice Paul,
14 Jackson Place, N. W.,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Madam:

I have been informed through our State Suffrage Channels of the unveiling of the historic monument of our three pioneers in suffrage at Washington, D. C. February 15th.

I am anxious that the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs be represented on that occasion and shall appreciate all information bearing upon this matter.

                    Sincerely yours,

                    Hallie Q. Brown [A]



A. Hallie Q. Brown was also extremely active in the 1893 protest of the exclusions of African American women from the planning of the Columbian Exposition. For more on her role in these events see: "A Great Slight to the Race" and Hallie Q. Brown's Speech on The Organized Efforts of the Colored Women of The South to Improve Their Condition.

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