Women’s History~ Crystal Bird Fauset

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Crystal Bird Fauset

 

Crystal Bird Fauset, African American educator, public speaker, civil rights activist, internationalist, and Pennsylvania state legislator, was born in Princess Ann, Maryland, on June 27, 1893. She graduated from Teachers College of Columbia University, served as field secretary for the YWCA from 1918 to 1927, in the Interracial Section of the American Friends Service Committee, helped create the Institute of Race Relations at Swarthmore College, was active in the WPA during the 1930s and was elected to Pennsylvania state legislature, the first black woman in Pennsylvania to serve there and most likely the first black woman to so serve in any state legislature. She was a co-founder of what became the World Affairs Council and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 28, 1965.

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Fauset with E.R.

 

There is no biography of her life and work but information can be found in Farewell to the Party of Lincoln: Black Politics in the Age of FDR (1983) by Nancy J Weiss and “The Limits of Persuasion: Race Reformers and the Department Store Campaign in Philadelphia, 1945– 1948.” by Patricia Cooper in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography , volume 126, #1 (January 2002) pp 97– 126.

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