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Victorine Q. Adams and the Power of the Ballot

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Decades before Victorine Q. Adams was elected the first African-American woman on the Baltimore City Council--in 1967-- she was a teacher. Then she poured her energies into political education, setting up the “Colored Women’s Democratic Campaign Committee” and other grassroots organizing.

Morgan State archivist Ida E. Jones’ new book, Baltimore Civil Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams: The Power of the Ballot, tells how Victorine and her husband, numbers runner “Little Willie” Adams, shared political goals. But Victorine insisted her own hard work convinced voters to give her power, like her push for job training.

Jones will be speaking, Thursday, May 23rd, at 6:30 pm, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library African American Department. Details here.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.