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Two Handbills Promoting a Speech from Congressman Oscar DePriest, The Only Negro in the U.S. Congress, Plus

Lot of 2 handbills, 6 x 9 in., addressed to civil rights leader A.G. Townsend, D.D. Sumter S.C. advertising congressman Oscar De Priest, the only negro in the U.S. congress, March 6, 1931.

Oscar De Priest (1871-1951) was the first African American elected to Congress after a 28–year absence of black Representatives. De Priest’s was the first black Member from the North. His election marked a new era of black political organization in urban areas. Although he made little to no legislative headway during his three terms in Congress, he became a national symbol of hope for African Americans and allowed others to be elected. (http://history.house.gov/People/Detail?id=12155)

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