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Mary White Ovington

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Known for: 1909 call that led to the founding of the NAACP; friend and trusted colleague of W.E.B. Du Bois; board member and officer of NAACP over 40 years
Occupation: activist, settlement house worker, writer
Dates: April 11, 1865 - July 15, 1951
Also known as: Mary W. Ovington, M. W. Ovington

About Mary White Ovington:

Background, Family:

  • Father: Theodore Tweedy Ovington
  • Mother: Ann Louisa Ketcham

Education:

  • Packer Collegiate Institute
  • Radcliffe College (then called Harvard Annex)

Organizations:

NAACP, Urban League, Greenpoint Settlement, Lincoln Settlement, Socialist Party

Bibliography:

  • Mary White Ovington. Half a Man: The Status of the Negro in New York, 1911 (study done in 1904).
  • ___. Hazel, children's book, 1913.
  • ___. "How the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Began" (pamphlet), 1914.
  • ___. Portraits in Color, 1927.
  • ___. The Walls Came Tumbling Down, 1947.
  • ___. The awakening; a play.
  • ___. Phillis Wheatley, a play, 1932.
  • ___. Ralph E. Luker, editor. Black and White Sat Down Together: The Reminiscences of an NAACP Founder, 1995.
  • Carolyn Wedin. Inheritors of the Spirit: Mary White Ovington and the Founding of the NAACP, 1997.

Religion:

Unitarian

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