Mary Church Terrell founded National Association of Colored Women on July 21 1896

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Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell founded National Association of Colored Women in Washington DC in the year 1896 precisely July 21.

National Association of Colored Women was founded by her in Washington DC. Her parents, both former slaves, were small business owners, and her father was the South’s first African-American millionaire.

She graduated from Oberlin College in 1884 with a Bachelor of Arts in classical languages and earned a master’s degree in education from Oberlin in 1888. She formed the Colored Women’s League in Washington in 1892 after learning of the lynching death of a close friend. In July 21 1896, she co-founded the National Association of Colored Women, becoming its first president.

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