GOP backs help for African-Americans, March 14, 1982

In acknowledging black voters’ pervasive distrust of GOP policies, Rep. Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma (right) said, “Sometimes the problem is misperceptions. Sometimes the problem is not misperception but perception. Edwards is pictured next to President Ronald Reagan. | Scott Stewart/AP Photo

On this day in 1982, in the second year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, a group of Republican Party leaders, meeting on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, agreed the party should support short-term government help for African-Americans in need as well as facilitate their long-term advancement in society.

In acknowledging black voters’ pervasive…

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