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Perry Burroughs Democratic Women’s Club Celebrates 75th Anniversary

By India J. Duke
Sojourner’s Truth Reporter

On Saturday, October 7, the Perry Burroughs Democratic Women‘s Club held a banquet at Aria Banquet Hall in celebration of their 75th year of active political engagement.

The club began in 1942 in the home of Perry Burroughs. Seven women gathered in Burroughs’ home and held somewhat secretive meetings. During this time, blacks were faced with racism and segregation and were not allowed to be in certain places. “They had to meet in their homes because of not being able to meet elsewhere because of their color”, said Prescilla Hutchens, banquet chairman.

The club members would later move from Burroughs’ home to hosting meetings in each other’s homes.

The purpose of the club is to study and understand the Democratic candidates of Lucas County. They also strive to enhance an understanding of government through educating citizens on the importance of voting and promoting relationships between Democrats and various non-profit community groups.

At the banquet the club members celebrated not only 75 years of service but also members who have dedicated many years to the club. Among those were Rose Keetion; Grace Edwards, Burroughs’ daughter; and Prestein Waddell, all of whom have over 40 years of active participation in the organization.

During a speech at the banquet Toledo City Councilwoman and Club President Yvonne Harper addressed the 2015 victory of Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson. Hicks-Hudson, a  member of the Perry Burroughs Democratic Women’s Club, is Toledo’s first African-American woman mayor.

“We’ve got the first and no one can take that from us”, said Harper.


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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:37 -0700.



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