Monday, October 24, 2011

On October 24

On this day in ...
... 2006 (5 years ago today), less than a week after celebrating her 102d birthday, Enolia McMillan died at her home in Baltimore County, Maryland. Born in Pennsylvania, she'd attended Frederick Douglass High School. Aided by a scholarship from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, she earned her bachelor's degree in English from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1926, and began teaching in Maryland. In 1933, having written a thesis entitled Some Factors Affecting Secondary Education for Negroes in Maryland Counties (Excluding Baltimore), she earned a master's degree in education from Columbia University. She retired from teaching in 1968, and served from 1984 to 1990 as the National President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- the 1st woman to lead the NAACP. (credit for 1985 AP/Baltimore Sun photo) According to her Washington Post obituary,

As national president, Mrs. McMillan spoke out about Reagan administration policies that she said harmed the NAACP's advocacy efforts in housing, education, employment and business.


(Prior October 24 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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