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Charlotta Bass was first Black woman to run for VP | theGrio

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Charlotta Bass was first Black woman to run for VP | theGrio

Charlotta Bass ran on the Progressive Party ticket in 1952 and homage was paid to her after Sen. Kamala Harris was picked to be Joe Biden’s VP

By Stephanie Guerilus, theGrio

Sen. Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and Asian American to be a running mate on a major ticket but Charlotta Bass is actually the first Black woman to run for vice president more than a half-century ago.

Bass, a political activist and journalist was the first African American woman to solely own a newspaper, The California Eagle. She ran for VP of the Progressive Party in 1952 alongside Vincent Hallinan in the longshot bid.

“This is a historic moment in American political life,” Bass told the crowd at the Chicago convention. “Historic for myself, for my people, for all women. For the first time in the history of this nation, a political party has chosen a Negro woman for the second-highest office in the land.”

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