Letter September 11, 1940

September 11, 1940

Miss Malvina C. Thompson,
The White House,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Miss Thompson:

I telephoned your office yesterday to express my regret at the unavoidable delay in replying to your request of August 26th. I have been out of town in connection with the Carnegie-Myrdal Survey and found your letter only upon my return to the office on Monday.

I am happy to be of all possible service to Mrs. Roosevelt, of course, and I am submitting herewith a brief memorandum of a purely suggestive nature which may be of some help. I realize that the time is now short; therefore, I have prepared these notes quite hurriedly, and they are consequently not as thorough as I should otherwise wish to make them. In their preparation I conferred with my colleague Dr. Abram L. Harris, author of The Black Worker, who is an authority on the subject of Negro labor, and whose views are liberally employed here.

I admire Mrs. Roosevelt for her integrity, her sincere liberalism, and her rare courage. Though I can promise but little, I consider it a pleasure to offer my meager assistance to you and to her whenever you think that I may serve in any helpful capacity in the furtherance of the fine work you are doing.

Sincerely yours,

Ralph J. Bunche
Professor of Political Science