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Portrait of Mary Church Terrell, between 1880 and 1900.
Mary Church Terrell, a teacher with a cause

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Activist Mary Church Terrell Was Born
September 23, 1863

In 1898, Mary Church Terrell wrote how African-American women "with ambition and aspiration [are] handicapped on account of their sex, but they are everywhere baffled and mocked on account of their race." She fought for equality through social and educational reform. Born on September 23, 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee, Terrell became an educator, political activist, and the first president of the National Association of Colored Women. Terrell understood the value of education.
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