VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: ANNA ARNOLD HEDGEMANadmin2020-07-11T17:16:41-04:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
Anna Arnold Hedgeman
July 5, 1899 – January 17, 1990
“A Demanding Feminist, Devout Christian, and Savvy Grassroots Civil Rights Organizer, Anna Arnold Hedgeman Played a Key Role in Over Half a Century of Social Justice Initiatives.” – Jennifer Scanlon
Civil rights leader, politician, educator, and writer. First black woman to graduate from Hamline University (MN) in 1922. First black woman to serve in a mayoral cabinet in New York City from 1954 to 1958. First African-American to hold a position in the Federal Security Agency. One of the founding members of NOW. Served as temporary Executive Vice President of NOW. Member of first NOW National Board, and was Chair of the first Women in Poverty Task Force.
Photo 1. Anna Arnold Hedgeman, commission for Anoka-Ramsey Community College by artist Leslie Barlow. Photo 2. Planning March on Washington: A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Anna Arnold Hedgeman, August 3, 1963.