Joe Louis Endorses Wendell Willkie in 1940

“No man has the right in America to treat any other man ‘tolerantly’ - for tolerance is the assumption of superiority. Our liberties are the equal rights of every citizen.” - Wendell Willkie

1940 Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie was a longtime passionate advocate for civil rights for African-Americans, taking on the Ku Klux Klan and criticizing both major parties, as well as President Roosevelt, for failing to address growing violence and discrimination against African-Americans.

Boxer Joe Louis endorsed Willkie in the election, saying, “This country has been good to me. It gave me everything I have. I have never come out for any candidate before but I think Wendell L. Willkie will give us a square deal. So I am for Willkie because I think he will help my people, and I figure my people should be for him, too.”

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