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Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879-1961)

A prominent African American educator, church leader and suffrage supporter, Nannie Helen Burroughs devoted her life to empowering black women. Burroughs helped establish the National Association of Colored Women in 1896 and founded the National Training School for Women and Girls in Washington, D.C., in 1909. She was outspoken on issues she considered important to African American interests and wrote many articles for leading African American newspapers and magazines. She used these articles to attack injustices endured by African Americans and encourage readers to take responsibility for changing their own conditions.

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