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The National Woman's Party and Suffrage for African-American Women

Document 4

National Woman's Party
National Headquarters, Lafayette Square
Washington, D.C.

December 29, 1920                       

Mrs. Harriot Stanton Blatch,
Women's University Club,
106 East 52nd Street,
New York City

My dear Mrs. Blatch:

       Many requests have come to us from various organizations for representation on the convention program. It has been necessary to limit the representation to organizations which have undertaken a definite legislative program for women. Only one afternoon of the convention will be given to the discussion of these programs. Among the organizations which have undertaken a more or less distinct feminist program are the National Consumers' League, the National Council of Women, the League of Women Voters, the National Business and Professional Women's League, and the Association of Collegiate Alumnae. The W.C.T.U. is taking up new questions of a somewhat feminist nature, and will have a speaker.

       If there were an organization of colored women having a purpose similar to those of the organizations which have been named, that is, a feminist rather than a racial program, there would be a place for a representative from that organization in the session at which the work of woman's organizations is presented. As it is, the colored people will have to be represented by delegates who may speak from the floor.  

       I am sure you will realize that it is not indifference to the cause of colored people, but rather a recognition of the limitations of our program, that makes it unwise to extend to Mrs. Talbert a special invitation to speak at the convention.  

Very sincerely yours,  

Emma Wold
Headquarters Secretary

-- Excerpts from a letter from Emma Wold to Harriot Stanton Blatch, 29 December 1920

6.  How did Wold justify excluding Talbert from speaking to the National Woman's Party Convention?

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