National Association of Colored Women Project

     The National Association of Colored Women was founded in 1896. This organization published the National Association Notes. Below is the first page of an issue published on June 15, 1897. A copy of the full issue can be found in the MSRC Resources section of this journal. After reading the issue, see if you can identify issues that were important to black women at the end of the 19th century. As we approach the end of the 20th century, are any of these issues still important today?

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     Both Mary Church Terrell and Margaret Murray Washington [Mrs. Booker T. Washington] were members of the National Association of Colored Women. What position did each woman have in the Association? What other information can you find out about each woman? What contributions did each woman make to the progress of African Americans during the Progressive Era?

     Look at their photographs in the Gallery section of this journal. Look at the clothing and facial expressions. What can you tell about each woman from the photographs?

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August 1999