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Anna Arnold Hedgeman
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    (July 5, 1899-January 17, 1990)
    Born in Marshalltown, Iowa
    Served in the cabinet of New York City Mayor Robert Wagner (1954- 58)
    Career as a civil rights advocate spanned six decades
    Executive director on the Harry Truman Presidential campaign (1948)
    Major architect of the historic 1963 March on Washington
    She had no children.
    She helped give us the annoying advocacy group, NOW, or National Organization of Women.
    She was unable to build off of her appointed positions, losing several elections (admittedly this was during a time when the decks were stacked against her).
    She was an emissary for minorities and the poor in the mayor's office.
    She was the first African-American woman to serve on the cabinet of a New York mayor.
    She was inspired to become a teacher after hearing W.E.B. Du Bois while in college.
    She was close friends with Dorothy Height.
    After her work on the Truman campaign, she was rewarded with a federal appointment in the Health, Education, and Welfare Department in the new administration.
    She helped A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin plan the March on Washington for Jobs and Freeedom.
    She was instrumental in securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - 65.
    She was named in Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Fascinating Black Women of the 20th Century.

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