9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know


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Mary Church Terrell
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Along with Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Mary Church Terrell helped lead the fledgling National Association of Colored Women in its mission "to furnish evidence of the moral, mental and material progress made by people of color through the efforts of our women." A suffragist and education reformer, Terrell became the first African-American woman appointed to a school board, and in 1940, Terrell published her autobiography "A Colored Women" in a White World, and she didn't stop her work there. Thirteen years later, at the age of ninety, she led a successful drive to end the segregation of public facilities in Washington, D.C.