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World's Fair, 1893
African-American women were excluded from the planning of the 1893 World's Fair, inspiring Terrell to form the NACW.

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Activist Mary Church Terrell Was Born
September 23, 1863

Terrell found that black women's groups were routinely excluded from national women's organizations during the late 19th century. They weren't even allowed to participate in the planning of the 1893 World's Fair, but they could attend. Because of this, Terrell and other black women leaders formed the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) in 1896, an organization that would support black women's groups throughout the country. She and the NACW worked to end discrimination based on gender and race. One way was through educating the public. Passionate about education, Terrell sold her speeches to raise money for a kindergarten as well.
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