Election 1944: Negroes form group for fourth term (9-26-44)

The Pittsburgh Press (September 26, 1944)


Negroes form group for fourth term

New York (UP) –
Thirty-five Negro leaders announced today the formation of the “National Nonpartisan Committee for the Reelection of Roosevelt.” It is headed by Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune.

The committee’s statement said:

We will work and vote for those men and those measures which, irrespective of party labels, will best advance the welfare of our people.

Officers of the committee include Doxey A. Wilkerson (New York vice chairman), Ross Gragg (Detroit secretary) and William P. Harrison (Chicago treasurer). Regional vice chairmen included Arthur Huff Fauset of Pennsylvania and Bishop R. R. Wright Jr. of Ohio.