Margaret Sanger’s Negro Leaders – Then and Now

Margaret Sanger, the found of the precursor to Planned Parenthood, conceived and implemented The Negro Project. And what was The Negro Project? It was a program to enlist the aid of articulate African Americans with engaging personalities to talk with black preachers and urge them to promote birth control and abortion in the black community. Why? Because Sanger believed that blacks and other minorities were inferior to white people with ancestry from northern Europe. Here is an excerpt of a letter written by Margaret Sanger to Dr. Clarence Gamble in 1939:

“[We propose to] hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. And we do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

Now, we have an articulate, African-American as president with an engaging personality: Barack Obama. One of his main priorities is overturning federal and state laws that restrict abortion through the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).

The Negro Project was developed by birth control reformers, who consulted with African-Americans for help. It was widely supported by such black leaders as Mary McLeod Bethune, W. E. B. DuBois, and Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

President Barack Obama

  Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton

Representative Party Planned Parenthood Action Fund 2012 Congressional Rating
Karen Bass Democratic 100%
Sanford Bishop Democratic 75%
Corrine Brown Democratic 100%
G. K. Butterfield Democratic 92%
André Carson Democratic 100%
Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen Democratic 100%
Hansen Clarke Democratic 100%
Yvette Clarke Democratic 100%
William Lacy Clay, Jr. Democratic 100%
Emanuel Cleaver Democratic 100%
Jim Clyburn Democratic 100%
John Conyers, Jr. Democratic 100%
Elijah Cummings Democratic 100%
Danny K. Davis Democratic 100%
Donna Edwards Democratic 100%
Keith Ellison Democratic 100%
Chaka Fattah Democratic 100%
Marcia Fudge Democratic 100%
Al Green Democratic 100%
Alcee Hastings Democratic 100%
Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. Democratic 100%
Eddie Bernice Johnson Democratic 100%
Hank Johnson Democratic 100%
Barbara Lee Democratic 100%
Sheila Jackson Lee Democratic 100%
John Lewis Democratic 100%
Gregory Meeks Democratic 100%
Gwen Moore Democratic 100%
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton Democratic 100%
Charles B. Rangel Democratic 100%
Laura Richardson Democratic 100%
Cedric Richmond Democratic 100%
Bobby Rush Democratic 100%
Bobby Scott Democratic 100%
David Scott Democratic 100%
Terri Sewell Democratic 100%
Bennie Thompson Democratic 100%
Edolphus Towns Democratic 100%
Maxine Waters Democratic 100%
Mel Watt Democratic 100%
Frederica Wilson Democratic 100%
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