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Afro Devotes Full Page to Progressive Party Convention: 1948 | by Washington Area Spark
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Afro Devotes Full Page to Progressive Party Convention: 1948

An image of the front page of the second section of the July 31, 1948 Afro American illustrates the Progressive Party’s impact in the African American communities.

 

The Progressive Party ran Henry Wallace for President who garnered about 1.2 million votes nationwide race, finishing fourth.

 

Dr. John E. T. Camper, the Baltimore Maryland civil rights leader running in the 4th Congressional district was among the ten African Americans running for Congress under the Progressive Party banner. Camper received about 10% of the vote in an election marred by voting irregularities conducted by the Pollack political machine.

 

The party had a strong civil rights and labor platform in addition to favoring universal health insurance and peaceful relations with the Soviet Union.

 

Wallace refused to speak in segregated halls or stay or eat in segregated facilities and appeared jointly with African American candidates The party was the target of conservative and right wing groups and its candidates often faced hostile picketers and unfavorable press.

 

For an article on suppression of a local District of Columbia fundraiser for the Progressive Party, see washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/dc-police-raid-1...

 

For images related to the suppression of a local District of Columbia fundraiser for the Progressive Party, see flic.kr/s/aHsjEfcJey

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Taken on July 31, 1948