Mary Church Terrell created a distinctive black feminist voice that centered the protection of black women, offered them hope, and even used humor to achieve equality. She imagined more for her race and her gender and articulated that vision as she battled the forces of intolerance.
Born into slavery during the Civil War, Mary Church Terrell would become one of the most prominent activists of her time. The first president of the National Association of Colored Women and a founding member of the NAACP, Terrell fought for equal rights for African Americans and women until her death in 1954. Author of the first full-length biography of Terrell, Parker reveals unexplored aspects of her life to provide a more complete account of a woman dedicated to changing the culture and institutions that perpetuated inequality throughout the U.S.