Racially Integrated Suffrage Conference Held in St. Louis
The Mississippi Valley Suffrage Conference became a racially integrated event on this day with the attendance of Mrs. Victoria Haley, an African-American. Her appearance caused a “commotion,” and the hotel management protested, but the meeting went forward as planned.
St. Louis at that time was a segregated Southern city, and across the country racist attitudes were rising. The leaders of the suffrage conference who had invited Mrs. Haley congratulated her on her courage.
Learn more: Paula Giddings, When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America (1984)
Learn more about the complex history of race and the suffrage movement: http://uschs.wordpress.com/tag/race-and-suffrage-movement/
Learn more about African American history: Henry Louis Gates, Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African American History, 1513-2008 (2011)