Spreading Good News (Post 726 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Crystal Bird Fauset, The First African American Female U. S. State Legislator)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

“Black History Month,” (February) is over, but I will continue Spreading Good News about Black History on what I will call “Black History Tuesday.”

I hope you enjoy this piece!

 

Crystal FausetBLACK HISTORY TUESDAY:  Crystal Bird Fauset, The First African American Female U. S. State Legislator

Source:  The Internet

Crystal Bird Fauset, the first African-American female state legislator in the United States, was born on June 27, 1894 in Princess Anne, Maryland.  She grew up in Boston, but she spent most of her adult and political life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Between 1914 and 1918 Fauset worked as a public school teacher in Philadelphia.   In 1918, she began working as a field secretary for African American girls in the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), a job she held until 1926.  In 1925 the Interracial Section of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC, or Quakers) was formed, and Fauset joined the organization in 1926, wanting, as she said, to work on her interest “in having people of other racial groups understand the humanness of the Negro wherever he is found.”   Between September 1927 and September 1928, she made 210 appearances before more than 40,000 people for the AFSC.   During the late 1920’s, Fauset studied at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, graduating in 1931.

In 1932 Fauset, founded the Colored Women’s Activities Club for the Democratic National Committee where she helped African American women register to vote.   In response to her efforts the Roosevelt Administration appointed her Director of the Women and Professional Project in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in Philadelphia.   In 1935, she also served on the Federal Housing Advisory Board.   That same year, Crystal Bird married sociologist and political thinker, Arthur Fauset, and they became a dynamic political couple.  Fauset then began to work on the Joint Committee on Race Relations of the Arch and Race Streets (Quaker) Yearly Meetings, where she helped establish the famous Swarthmore College Institute of Race Relations which documented employment and housing discrimination against Pennsylvania African Americans.

In 1938, Fauset was elected to the Pennsylvania state legislature, representing the 18th District of Philadelphia, which was 66% white at that time.  As a state representative, Fauset introduced nine bills and three amendments on issues concerning improvements in public health, housing for the poor, public relief, and supporting women’s rights in the workplace.

In 1941, Fauset’s friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt helped her secure a position as assistant director and race relations director of the Office of Civil Defense, becoming part of President Roosevelt’s “Black Cabinet” and promoting civil defense planning in black communities, recruitment of blacks in the military, and dealing with complaints about racial discrimination.  In 1944, disappointed by the Democratic Party’s failure to advance civil rights, Fauset switched to the Republican Party and later became a member of the Republican National Committee’s division on Negro Affairs.

After World War II, Fauset turned her attentions to a more global forum, helping to found the United Nations Council of Philadelphia, which later became the World Affairs Council. Throughout the 1950s, she traveled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to meet and support independence leaders.

Fauset died on March 27, 1965 in Philadelphia.

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Joyce is an author who has written seven books.  If you enjoy this blog, you will, undoubtedly, enjoy all her books.  Her sister, Anita, is also an author.

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Favorite BlogsSOME OF JOYCE’S FAVORITE BLOGS

I visit these blogs and leave comments regularly.  I think you will enjoy them all!

http://www.lenasledgeblog.com  Books, reviews, give-aways, interviews.

http://living4bliss.com  Believing Life Is Set up for Success (BLISS)

http://goss-coaching.com/author/gosscoaching  A professional writer and wellness coach helping people connect thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and action to create optimal health and a vibrant life.

http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman.

http://www.thesweetsensations.com  A baking, entertainment, and lifestyle blog.  Fantastic recipes and food photography, too!

http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

http://www.davidkanigan.com/  Lead.Learn.Live.  David Kanigan:  Inspiration, Ideas & Information.

http://callingoftheheart.wordpress.com  Spirituality, Psychology, and Political.

http://www.petedenton.wordpress.com  Writer of short stories, Flash fiction, and some scripts.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 726 – BLACK HISTORY TUESDAY: Crystal Bird Fauset, The First African American Female U. S. State Legislator)

  1. Sandra says:

    She had a very impressive resume. I hope that one day our history is not just highlighted in February.

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