Mary Church Terrell: Advocate for African Americans and Women

Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), educator, women's rights advocate, and civil rights activist, was born into a prosperous Memphis family. A graduate of Oberlin College, in 1895 she became the first black woman appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education. The following year, she became the founding president of the National Association of Colored Women and, in 1909, a founder of the NAACP. Terrell’s papers document all phases of her public life, as well as her personal affairs. Help us transcribe her diaries and correspondence to discover her remarkable career and life.