Eleanor Roosevelt's Fight For Civil Rights

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A firm believer in the equality of all people, Eleanor believed the United States had a moral duty to initiate change for racial equality. Although a majority of the white population thought she was too radical in her views, this did not deter Eleanor from fighting for civil rights. In her My Day column, Eleanor mentioned her strong opinion on human rights, “freedom must be universal and all men must be assured that there will be respect for the individual human being, regardless of his race, his creed, or his color”.

Mostly as a result of her upbringing, Eleanor was not fully aware of the racism prevalent throughout America until she became the First Lady in 1933. While traveling across the United States assessing the cost of the Great
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She used her “My Day” column to educate on matters of racial equality and gave lecture tours on race relations. Supporting Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, she raised money for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Ultimately, her work helped shift African-American support from the Republican party to the Democratic Party. Brown v. Board of Education, a huge win for racial and educational equality, excited Eleanor, but she knew change would take time. On November 7th, 1962 Eleanor Roosevelt died from aplastic anemia, tuberculosis and heart failure. King attempted to encapsulate her unflagging dedication to civil rights, “the impact of her personality and its unwavering devotion to high principle and purpose cannot be contained in a single day or era."

Known as First Lady of the World, Eleanor Roosevelt never wavered from her stance on equality. Her determination and commitment to democracy and the rights of all people is unparalleled. Serving in dozens of capacities, Eleanor expressed her dream of a world in which everyone is free and equal. Ultimately, her vision has influence the
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