As a candidate for the nation’s second highest office by the Radical Party’s vote in 1952, she addressed the congress attendees on March 30 of that year.
“Bass certainly paved the way for today’s Kamalas, both in identity and in political construction,” said Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of the book “Set the World on”. forging her coalition of Fire: Black National Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom. “
“But equally important is talking about the countless black women whose labor forms the backbone of the Democratic Party.”
Bass made history before she ran for VP
Her fight against injustice had begun decades before her political bidding. She uses her newspaper as a platform to highlight issues like police brutality, limited housing, the Ku Klax Klan, and civil liberties.
When Bass’s husband died in 1934, she strengthened her activities by joining groups fighting injustices. She also founded the Sojourner Club for National Truth and Justice, which works to improve working conditions for Black women.
“Throughout his career, Bass has developed and worked with various political groups, capturing the richness and complexity of Black politics,” Blain said.
She served as a chapter chair of the Global Association for the Improvement of Blacks, joined the more moderate NAACP, and was a leader among leftists and communists in Truth Advocates and justice, she added.
“Bass’s ability to move around in more radical and orthodox circles – and the ability to draw insight from each other – is a key lesson for Harris as she strives to build,” Blain said. a successful political alliance with Biden “.
Blain said, while Bass was a pivotal figure in politics, equally important as Charlene Mitchell, Shirley Chisholm and countless other Black women who worked – often behind the scenes – to turn Political minorities become political trends.
“Mitchell ran for president with the Communist Party ticket in 1968, and Chisholm ran for the Democratic presidential primary election in 1972. These women paved the way for Harris,” she said. and other black women in presidential politics.
Hallinan got 140,000 votes.