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Plaque, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

circa 1932

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, National Park Service

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, National Park Service

Mrs. Walker helped vote President Roosevelt into office in 1932 and was even invited to his inaugural speech in 1933! Her support for Roosevelt, a Democrat, broke ranks with the majority of African American voters who continued to vote Republican. Roosevelt was elected in 1932 with just under 25% of the African American vote, a figure that was nearly tripled by the time he was re-elected in 1936. Since then, African American support for the Democratic party has been largely consistent which places Mrs. Walker on the cutting edge of a revolution that continues to affect our political landscape.

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