Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

July 13, 1963

On July 13, 1963, the Chicago Defender featured an editorial about Gloria Richardson, who led the civil rights movement in Cambridge, Maryland. The Defender ran an editorial (“Gloria the Leader”) that compared Richardson to “Gloria’s illustrious spiritual ancestor—Harriet Tubman.”

“Today, it is a little different,” the Defender wrote. “The Negroes of Cambridge make their stand at Cambridge. Gloria Richardson does not need to go North or lead her followers North. They stay, they sit, they stand, they block, they use their fists if need be, and there has been stronger recourse than this.”

For more on Gloria Richardson, see her essay “Focus on Cambridge” from 1964 and this 2013 interview from Democracy Now!

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