The poem, dedicated to Mrs. Roosevelt, was first publicly read by Bosworth in Trenton, N.J., on a Thanksgiving Day program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights. It is from Miss Kay's new book of poetry If the Shoe Fits which was published early this month by the Circle Publishing Co.
Mrs. Bosworth, Pacific Coast Chairman of the Citizenship Educational Service, said that a bronze plaque, inscribed with the poem, would be placed on Mt. Whitney Dec. 7 at a Southern California celebration of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
The Citizenship Educational Service, a coordinating committee representing some 20 national organizations was established as a result of a meeting called by Will Hays, movie "czar," in January, 1939. It is sponsoring "National Bill of Rights Week" which opens December 8 and culminates Dec. 15 with "National Bill of Rights Day" as proclaimed by President Roosevelt. That is the anniversary of the date the Bill of Rights was ratified by Virginia, last state necessary to make it part of the Constitution.
Miss Kay, who is also the author of With Tongue in Cheek, ...
[Historical note by John P. Pratt, son of Kathryn Kay: On Sun 7 Dec 1941, the day on which the bronze plaque with Mother's poem was to be placed on Mt. Whitney, Pearl Harbor was bombed and war was immediately declared on Japan. Mother told me that the celebration was canceled and the bronze plaque was melted down to support the war effort.]