Delores Tucker

Delores Tucker

Cynthia DeLores Nottage was October 4, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; daughter of Whitfield and Captilda Nottage; married William Tucker a businessman in July, 1951. C. DeLores Tucker was the first female African American Secretary of State in the nation, serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1971-1977. She was also the convening founder and chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women. Tucker was a renowned civil rights activist and politician who tirelessly served on behalf of historically oppressed minorities and women. Tucker attended Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. She was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement as a part of the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965 and as a delegate to the historic White House Conference on Civil Rights.
Tucker established the Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Non-Violent Change in 1983 to develop programs and activities that amplify the teachings and principles of the late civil rights leader. In 1991, she founded the Bethune-DuBois Institute to promote the cultural and educational development of African-American youth. During this time, Dr. Tucker began a crusade against "gangsta" rap. She rallied against record companies to halt the distribution of popular music that she believed contained derogatory lyrics about women and minorities and had a negative impact on youth.
    She was so against rap gangsta music especially artist like Tupac Shakur and Eminem that Tucker took her campaign against sexually explicit lyrics to the streets, picketing music stores, and to the suites, purchasing stock in Time Warner and challenging its top executives at stockholders meetings. But that didn’t stop the rapper they started making songs about her. Tupac Shakur, in a song titled, “How Do U Want It?” raps: “DeLores Tucker you’s a [MF]. Instead of trying to help a nigga you destroy your brother.” (Curry) and also Eminem, the rapper from Detroit, said on the “Rap...

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