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C. Delores Tucker was the convening founder and chair of the National Political Congress of Black Women and the first female African American Secretary of State in the nation, serving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1971-1977.

Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
In office
January 20, 1971 – September 21, 1977
Governor Milton Shapp
Preceded by Joseph Kelley
Succeeded by Barton Fields
Personal details

Cynthia Delores Nottage

October 4, 1927
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died October 12, 2005 (aged 78)
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Political party Democratic

William Tucker
(m. 1951–2005)

Alma mater Temple University
The Wharton School
  • Politician
  • civil rights activist


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Tucker dedicated much of the last few years of her life to condemning sexually explicit lyrics in rap and hip-hop tracks, citing a concern that the lyrics were misogynistic and threatened the moral foundation of the African American community.


In 1971, Tucker became the first black female Secretary of State when Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp appointed her Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During her tenure, she instituted the first Commission on the Status of Women. Shapp fired Tucker in September 1977 for allegedly using state employees to write speeches for which she received honorariums. Two years later, one of Tucker's successors as Secretary of the Commonwealth, Dr. Ethel D. Allen, would also be fired for using public employees to write speeches. She was founder and president of the Bethune-DuBois Institute, Inc., which she established in 1991 to promote the cultural development of African American youth through scholarships and educational programs. Tucker also launched, and served as publisher of the publication, Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches.

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