Mary Church Terrell
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Terrell was the first black woman in the United States to be appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education. She led the successful fight to integrate eating places in the District of Columbia by participating in picket lines protesting the segregation of blacks in restaurants and theaters and launched a campaign to reinstate anti-discrimination laws. One of the first African American women to receive her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1884, she studied in Europe for two years becoming fluent in German and Italian.