Document 21: Telegram from Walter White to Alice Paul, New York, 18 August 1924, National Woman's Party Papers, 1913-1974, Library of Congress (Microfilm (1979), reel 28).
African Americans were especially upset by their exclusion from speaking at the memorial service for Inez Milholland because she had been an active supporter of equal rights. Walter White, of the National Association For the Advancement of Colored People, stated in his telegram to Alice Paul that Inez Milholland had been active in his organization. In his view, Inez Milholland would have been appalled by the way Black women were treated by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party.
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NEWYORK NY 951A AUG 18 1924
MISS ALICE PAUL
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND AMERICANS WHITE AND COLORED PROTESTS AGAINST THE COWARDLY CAPITULATION TO RACE PREJUDICE BY THE NATIONAL WOMANS PARTY AT THE GRAVE OF INEZ MILHOLLAND AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF OUR ASSOCIATION IN HER LIFETIME WHO WOULD HAVE REPUDIATED SUCH A POSITION AS YOU HAVE TAKEN IF CAPITULATION TO RACE PREJUDICE IS TO BE THE PRICE OF ELECTION OF WOMEN TO OFFICE WE SINCERELY HOPE THAT EVERY ONE OF YOUR CANDIDATES WILL BE DEFEATED IN THE COMING ELECTION
NATIONAL WOMANS PARTY WASHINGTON DC
WALTER F WHITE ASSISTANT SECTY SIXTY NINE FIFTH AVE NEWYORK