TLS from Organizer Mary Reed on California Federation of Colored Women's Clubs Letterhead, 1929

Reed, Mary E. Organizer for the California Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. TLS on Federation letterhead, 1p, 8.5 x 11 in., "Los Angeles, Calif." January 7, 1929. Addressed to "Dear Friends." 

Mary E. Reed, writing as an "Organizer" for the California Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, writes to invite membership in the organization. Prior to the appeal and discussion of membership fees, Reed exhorts the readers to action. "With prejudice, segregation, humiliation etc. running rampant, cooperation is certainly the need of the Negro. / Our women organized. Have you ever thought of it. Have you ever realized it, what a power we would be?"  She later continues that the women should "broaden and expand our contacts with one another in order that our lives may be made richer, bigger, stronger and more valuable by these relationships and in turn be of greater service to mankind."

The California Federation of Colored Women's Clubs was an affiliate to the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, an organization founded to provide a way for African American women to make a greater contribution to society and to advocate for social reform as a way to fight racism and discrimination. These clubs played an important role for African American women who were excluded from white women's social reform organizations. While Mary E. Reed could not be definitively identified, she is likely the same "Mary E. Reed" who wrote during the 1920s for the California Eagle, an African American newspaper published out of Los Angeles by Civil Rights activist Charlotta Bass.


Creases along fold lines, minor chipping and tears along top edge line especially at folds. Some toning. Overall good.

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