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Mary White Ovington Quotes


Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington was born into a family of activists who were abolitionists and supporters of the womens rights movement. She was inspired by the cultured oratory skills of Booker T. Washington and the intellectually stimulating W.E.B. Du Bois which led her to be one of the co-founders of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). She remained an active equal rights campaigner through the course of her life and also penned a number of books and novels. During her career she was known for her eloquent correspondence skills so it was most interesting researching and selecting my compilation of six of the best Mary White Ovington quotes.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Mary White Ovington
  • Born: 11th April 1865, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
  • Died: 15th July 1951, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts, U.S.
  • Occupation: Journalist, author, Social and Political Activist
  • Famous for: Co-founder of NAACP National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Books: She authored several books including; Half a Man (1911); Status of the Negro in the United States (1913); Socialism and the Feminist Movement (1914); Portraits in Color (1927); and, The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1947)
  • Trivia: A school in Brooklyn, New York was named after her; Mary White Ovington I.S.30 Middle School

"These are difficult days, but there is always hope"

Mary White Ovington

"If we deny full expression to a race, if we restrict its education, stifle its intellectual and aesthetic impulses, we make it impossible to fairly gauge its ability"

Mary White Ovington

"They should know the power the race has gained"

Mary White Ovington

"Judas is not at the bottom of my inferno"

Mary White Ovington

"The history of the progressive is one of dodging the race issue whenever possible"

Mary White Ovington

"I should like to hammer that side of things into some of the aristocrats who are in the membership"

Mary White Ovington

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