Lora Englehart

West Chester, PA, United States

Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) used the gifts she was given to lift up all people, but especially people of color, women and children. In her life, she fought slavery, illiteracy, lethargy, corruption and male domination. Because history books were traditionally written by white men, her accomplishments—first black female publisher of a newspaper (The Provincial Freeman) on the Notth American continent, writer, orator, leader in Canadian free black community, first woman to attend Howard Law School (and one of the country’s first female lawyers, recruiter of black soldiers in the Civil War and leading educator of school children post Civil War. Because of her outstanding accomplishments, I nominated her for the Women’s Hall of Fame. She was inducted in 1998 with Maya Angelo and others.