Invitation from 1968 Wellesley College president to Sen. Edward Brooke to speak at that year's commencement

During the tumult of 1968, Wellesley College president Ruth Adams reached out to the highest ranking African-American elected official, Sen Edward Brooke, to speak at the following year's commencement. It was a coup for the small all-women's college when the sitting US senator from Massachusetts accepted.


May 21, 1968

Dear Senator Brooke:

This invitation comes as a result of the entire clas
having been canvassed for suggestions for Commencement

speaker, and overwhelmingly you are the person whom they
would like to hear.

If you can accept our invitation, your audience will
be a combination of the graduating students, their parents
and relatives, the faculty and trustees of Wellesley College
and alulnne caning back to their reunions from all parts of


It is an important occasion
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