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Charlotta Bass was the first Black woman to run for vice president decades before Kamala Harris

August 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Charlotta Bass strode onto a stage in Chicago and gave a speech as the first Black female candidate for vice president.

While Kamala Harris became the first Indian-American and first Black woman this week to run for vice president on a major party ticket, Bass came before her decades ago in that long-shot bid.

"Throughout her career, Bass evolved and worked with various political groups, capturing the richness and complexity of Black politics," Blain said.

While Bass was a key figure in politics, Blain said, equally important are Charlene Mitchell, Shirley Chisholm and countless of other Black women who've worked — oftentimes behind the scenes — to make minorities in politics mainstream.

These women paved the way for Harris and other Black women in presidential politics," she said.

Denise Lynn, a history professor at University of Southern Indiana, said that the Progressive Party was opposed to the United States serving as a global police force, especially in former colonies where the majority of people were not White.

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