In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt was the second of the Frank Jacoby lecturers on brotherhood to appear at the University of Bridgeport.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political leader who used her stature as First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal of her husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as Civil Rights. After her husband’s death she built a career as a proponent of the New Deal Coalition, a spokesperson for human rights, an author, and a speaker. She was a First-wave feminist and created a new role for the First Lady.
Roosevelt was a leader in forming the United Nations, the U.S. United Nations Association, and Freedom House. She chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Roosevelt considered this the finest accomplishment of her life. President Harry S. Truman called her the First Lady of the World, in honor of her extensive travels to promote human rights.
The Frank Jacoby lectures were established at the University of Bridgeport in 1952 by the late Frank Jacoby “to further the brotherhood of man and equality of man regardless of race, color, or creed.”
Earlier in the day Mrs. Roosevelt dropped into the Snack Bar and met with the Student Council and Student Body.