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date: 26 October 2020

Bass, Charlotta Spears locked

(b. October 1880; d. 12 April 1969), first African American female vice presidential candidate.
  • Kathleen Thompson


In 1952, the candidates committee of the Progressive Party offered a slate of peace candidates, as a new hope to Americans sick and tired of corruption, militarism, segregation of and discrimination against the Negro people, and the growing unemployment that had been brought about by both Democrats and Republicans. One of the candidates offered was Charlotta Spears Bass, the first black woman to run for vice president of the United States.

Charlotta Spears was born in Sumter, South Carolina, to Hiram and Kate Spears. She was the sixth of eleven children. Very little is known of her childhood, but by the time she was twenty she had gone to live with her brother in Providence, Rhode Island, and had begun working at the Providence Watchman She sold ads and helped in the office at this local newspaper and at the end of ten years was suffering ...

A version of this article originally appeared in Black Women in America, 2nd ed.

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