The Eleanor Roosevelt Speech Collection includes an audio recording and accompanying transcript that document Eleanor Roosevelt's speech to a convocation in Assembly Hall at Ball State Teachers College (now Ball State University) in Muncie, Indiana, on May 6, 1959. The title of Mrs. Roosevelt's speech was Is America Facing World Leadership?
Mrs. Roosevelt warned those in attendance against complacency and stressed the urgency of understanding other peoples of the world. "This is what it means to face world leadership. The government cannot do it for us. Many of us do not even know the whole of our own little communities. It would help us all over the world to understand people," she said.
A small reception in the West Lounge of the Student Center followed at approximately 3:15 and then Mrs. Roosevelt held a press conference in the East Lounge at about 4:00.
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