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April 11

Mary White Ovington

1865 – Mary White Ovington was born in Brooklyn. She spent her life fighting for social justice. Inspired by Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois, she was a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, for which she worked tirelessly for decades. Ovington lived in the Tuskegee Apartments in Manhattan, where she was the only white resident. She wrote The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1947), a history of women leadership in the NAACP. Her ashes are interred at Community Church (Unitarian) in New York, where she was a member. Read more about Mary White Ovington.

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