Womens History Month~Mary White Ovington


Mary White Ovington


Mary White Ovington was feminist, pacifist, suffragist, anti-imperialist, socialist, civil rights activist, settlement house worker, advocate of consumer rights, social researcher and author. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 11, 1865, to parents who supported the abolitionist cause, she became one of the white persons working with black leaders to found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and served on the board for many years. She remained active in civil rights until her death on July 15, 1951, in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.

For more about her life and work, see her own books The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1947) and Half a Man: the Status of the Negro in New York (1911) as well as White Allies in the Struggle for Racial Justice (2015) by Drick Boyd and Inheritors of the Spirit: Mary White Ovington and the Founding of the NAACP (1998) by Carolyn Wedin.


Mary White Ovington

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