PSA - Bettiola Heloise Fortson, suffragist and poet

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A Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the Kentucky Woman Suffrage Project that was recorded at Lexington Community Radio on July 7, 2017, by Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, University of Kentucky. This PSA focuses on Bettiola Heloise Fortson, a poet from Hopkinsville who left Kentucky behind to become an activist for women's rights and suffrage in Chicago. Read more about her in the KWSP biosketch here.

"Carve out your own career
   Pray don't wait to be led:
Then you won't feel the sneer
   Or have briny tears to shed."

"Untitled," p. 376 in Bettiola Heloise Fortson, "Original Poems and Essays," Six Poets of Racial Uplift: Effie T. Battle, Gertrude Arquene Fisher, Myra Viola Wilds, and Others. New York: G.K. Hall & Co., 1996.