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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Daisy S. Lampkin

Daisy S. Lampkin

November 9, 1955 National Council of Negro Women, Washington, D.C.

(p.33) Daisy S. Lampkin
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born on August 9, 1883, in Washington D.C., Daisy Adams Lampkin was a lifelong activist, organizer, and fundraiser. Dubbed “Mrs. NAACP,” Lampkin began her career in social justice as a suffragist, joining the Negro Women’s Equal Franchise Federation, later renamed the Lucy Stone League. She was also a charter member of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and a board member of the National Association of Colored Women. In 1935, she was appointed a national field secretary of the NAACP and joined its Board of Directors in 1947. On November 9, 1955, Lampkin delivered a speech at the annual convention of the NCNW in Washington D.C. This chapter reproduces Lampkin’s speech, in which she eulogized Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded the NCNW in 1935. Lampkin used the eulogy as a celebration of black women and their achievements.

Keywords:   speech, Daisy Adams Lampkin, social justice, National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, Mary McLeod Bethune, eulogy, black women, Washington D.C.

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