*A Voteless People Is a Hopeless People

A 1956 Citizenship Education Program
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In 1956, the San Francisco chapter of the National Council of Negro Women launched a “Citizenship Education Project” to develop political consciousness and participation in democracy primarily in the African American community. The two-part campaign, which included a voter registration drive and educational component, used the slogan “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” and promoted a "get out the vote" motorcade, coffee and tea informational meetings and an office at 1914 Fillmore Street staffed by volunteers to assist voters with questions.

Organized by chapter president, Francis Albrier and co-chaired by Mrs. Floyd G. Allen, the women and their cadre of volunteers registered more than 1700 people to vote and reached more than 15,000 with their education efforts. On display at the African American Center of the Main Library, see images from the campaign found in Albrier’s scrapbook (currently housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture) and learn how these nationally recognized women volunteers organized to educate their community.

These cultural events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Events

Check It: Trans Day of Resilience Film Screening
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 4:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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