MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Documents (Loose)
COMPONENTS: Two pages Single 4to leaves, each written on one side only; "copy" at the top of Cooper's letter (her own retained copy.)
ITEM ID: 2254

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Anna Julia Cooper Letter to Supreme Court

Year: 1936
Decade: 1930s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)

Autograph Letter Signed, in pencil to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Alfred A. Wheat with his typed, signed reply on January 20, 1936. Anna Julia Cooper writes to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on behalf of Charles Harris Wesley, professor (1868-1964) of history at Howard University. She asks that Wesley be appointed successor to Benjamin L. Gaskins on the Board of Education: “giving us a man who is primarily an educator, a Christian gentleman, a quiet thoughtful, sincere man. . .” “Dr. Wesley has no axes to grind,” says Cooper,” and would, I am sure bring to [the] education of colored folk in the District a wise, sympathetic and conservative insight.” Unfortunately, Dr. Wesley was not appointed, despite Ms. Cooper’s imprecations.

Name: Anna Julia Cooper
Type: Author