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Verina Morton Jones was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended State Normal School in Columbia, South Carolina. From 1884 to 1888 she attended the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia—then widely acknowledged to be one of the best medical colleges for women in the country. She received her MD in 1888 and began practice in the African American community at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Morton Jones was the first woman, black or white, to practice medicine in the state of Mississippi. She married twice; the first time in 1890 to W. A. Morton, MD, who died in 1895, and the second time in 1901 to Emory Jones, who died in 1927. She had one child from her first marriage, Franklin W., who was born in 1892.

Among the first African American women in the U S to receive a degree in ...

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Tekeste Negash

English anticolonial activist who was a key advocate for Ethiopia from the 1930s until her death, was born on 5 May 1882 in Manchester, England. In 1903, Sylvia, her mother Emmeline, and her older sister Christabel, founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). She was a leader of the suffragette movement until 1913, when she left the WSPU because the organization had abandoned the struggle for universal adult suffrage for a narrower focus on gaining a limited franchise.

From 1913 to 1935, Sylvia turned her attention to social welfare issues from a socialist and communist perspective. She established the East London Federation of Suffragettes and founded a weekly paper, the Dreadnought. She was also involved in the establishment of the World Suffrage Federation, which became the World Socialist Federation in 1920 Sylvia Pankhurst was a founding member of the British Communist Party of ...

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Tiana Wilson

was born Mary Frances Miller in Savannah, Georgia, in April 1872 to Reverend James A. Miller and Sarah Miller. Her father died when she was young, leading Williams, her recently widowed mother, and two brothers to live with her maternal uncle and his family. Raised in Savannah, Williams completed her formal education at a missionary school, the Beach Institute. She graduated from Atlanta University, a historically black institution in Georgia initially founded in 1865. As an adult, Williams continued to go by her childhood nickname, Mamie. She married her first husband Forance Lambert in 1899, but in less than a year, she became widowed. In 1902, she remarried George Williams, a Savannah businessman who died in 1915. Even after his death, she honored her second husband by publicly adopting the name Mrs. Mamie George Williams in her hometown.

Williams began her community activism and political work ...