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C. DeLores Tucker

  • North St. between 3rd & Commonwealth Harrisburg, PA 17101

A civil rights activist, politician, and outspoken critic of rap music, C. DeLores Tucker participated in the 1965 march with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma Alabama. She was also a dedicated fundraiser for the NAACP. In 1971, Tucker became the highest ranking African American woman in state government when then-Governor Milton Shapp named her to serve as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In her later years, she became an outspoken critic of the sexually explicit and violent lyrics often found in rap music that she felt threatened the moral backbone of the African American community. Her criticism garnered the ire of numerous rap artists who have written lyrics condemning her crusade.