Mary Church Terrell: Black Suffragist and Civil Rights Activist

Please join us Saturday January 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm for a  book reading and discussion of
at the African American Museum and Library, 659 14th St in Oakland. 

RSVP by January 2, 2024 to

Sponsored by the American Association of University Women the Berkeley and Oakland-Piedmont Branches and The African American Museum and Library.

Meet the biographer Alison M. Parker, Chair, History Department, University of Delaware. Using newly discovered documents, Parker weaves together the inspiring but little known struggles and achievements of Terrell’s  public and private life.

Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954) was one of the most prominent African American activists of her time. She fought to integrate AAUW, and was one of the first African American women to graduate from Oberlin College and receive a Master’s degree. She was a civil rights, women’s rights, voting rights activist, and used “dignified agitation” to wage a struggle against lynching and racism.

“Women like Mary Church Terrell, Mary McCleod Bethune, Fannie Lou Hamer, Diane Nash, Constance Baker Motley and Shirley Chisholm, we’re not often taught their stories. But as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders.”
Vice President Kamala Harris

“America loses one of her great daughters, a worthy sister of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and Sojourner Truth in her unceasing militant struggle for full citizenship of her people.”
Singer and activist Paul Robeson, on the death of Mary Church Terrell, 1954

Mary Church Terrell is one of the most important hidden figures of the twentieth century, and Alison Parker’s keen yet warm historical eye allows Terrell’s life story to blossom.”
–Nikki Brown, author of “Private Politics and Public Voices”

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