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Educator, activist Mary Church Terrell born

September 23, 1863 - July 24, 1954 (91)

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell born in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1896 Terrell became the first president of the newly formed National Association of Colored Women.

In 1904 Terrell was invited to speak at the International Congress of Women, held in Berlin, Germany. She was the only black woman at the conference. The Tennessee native received an enthusiastic ovation when she honored the host nation by delivering her address in German. She then proceeded to deliver the speech in French, and concluded with the English version

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