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Pinback Button, “Brooke for Vice President”

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Between 1968 and 1974
metal, plastic, paper
5/16 × 2 5/16 in. (0.8 × 5.8 cm)
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Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
This pinback button lobbied for Senator Edward William Brooke, III to become Gerald Ford’s running mate in the 1974 presidential race, though he was also considered a potential candidate in the 1968 election cycle. The red, white, and sky-blue button depicts a bridge to symbolize how Brooke, the first African American elected to the Senate since Reconstruction, might span divides between African American voters and both major parties due to his record as a centrist coalition builder. The button belonged to longtime Washington, DC resident and political reporter, Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991), known as the First Lady of the Black Press for her own pioneering career.
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