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|Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 06:32 pm: ||
One of our great mothers passed away...she was 78
One of this century’s most renowned visionaries and civil rights activists, Dr. C. DeLores Tucker, former Secretary of State, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1971-1977), is the convening founder and national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), having succeeded the Hon. Shirley Chisholm in 1992. She is the first African American woman in the nation to serve as Secretary of State, during which time she instituted the first Commission on the Status of Women in Pennsylvania. Dr. Tucker also was responsible for the Governor’s appointment of more women judges and more women and African Americans to boards and commissions than ever before in the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She also led the effort to make Pennsylvania one of the first states to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. As Chief of Elections of Pennsylvania, she was a leader in instituting a voter registration by mail and reducing the voting age from 21 to 18 years of age.
She is founder and president of the Bethune-DuBois Institute, Inc., which she established in 1991 to promote the cultural development of African American youth through scholarships and educational programs. Dr. Tucker also launched, and serves as publisher of the renowned publication, Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches; an acknowledgement of its launching was inserted into the Congressional Record by then Congressman William H. Gray.
Recently selected as one of 25 of the World’s Most Intriguing People by People Magazine. Dr. Tucker was also selected as a People Magazine 1996 Yearbook Honoree, and was featured in the inaugural issue of John F. Kennedy, Jr.’s George Magazine for her crusade against gangsta/porno rap. In addition, she has been acknowledged for her deep concern for children by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in the book “It Takes A Village.” The National Women’s Political Caucus and Redbook Magazine also named Dr. Tucker as the woman best qualified to be Ambassador to the United Nations. For five consecutive years, from 1972 through 1977, Dr. Tucker was listed as among Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black Americans. During that period, she was listed as Ladies Home Journal Nominee for Woman of the Year in both 1975 and 1976. She was recognized by Ebony as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Organization Leaders in the country in 2001 and 2002.
A former chair of the Democratic National Committee Black Caucus, Dr. Tucker was the first African American to serve as President of the National Federation of Democratic Women. In addition, she is the founding president of the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Non-Violent Change, the first and only affiliate in the United States to be commissioned by Mrs. Coretta Scott King. As a member of the Democratic National Committee, Dr. Tucker was a leading organizer of the women’s caucus and served on a Charter Commission to ensure that all women had equal representation at all levels of the Democratic Party. Her civic and political activities include her participation in the memorable Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965 with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She also was a delegate to the historic White House Conference on Civil Rights.
Dr. Tucker attended Temple University in Philadelphia and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Morris College in Alabama and Villa Maria College in Pennsylvania. In May 1998, she was the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, which the students of the University of the District of Columbia nominated her to receive.
Dr. Tucker has received awards from numerous organizations and institutions including the NAACP, the Philadelphia Urban League, the Salvation Army, Lincoln University, the National Association for Equal Opportunity, Higher Education, Women for Good Government, the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Opportunities Industrialization Center, B’nai B’rith, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Feminist Majority Foundation, Berean Institute, and the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease.
A soror of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, she is the wife of entrepreneur William L. Tucker, and the daughter of the late Reverend Whitfield Nottage and Mrs. Captilda Gardiner Nottage.
“Rise up ye women...for the vintage shall not fail.” ~ Isaiah 32:9-10