Through her position with the National Council of Churches, Anna Arnold Hedgeman was able to recruit 40,000 northern protestants -- most of whom were white -- to join the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom in 1963, and was part of A. Philip Randolph's planning committee for the march.
Dr. Hedgeman was also a co-founder of the National Organization of Women, the first woman and the first African American in the New York City Mayor's Cabinet under Robert F. Wagner, Jr., Executive Director of Harry Truman's presidential campaign responsible for securing the black vote, and Assistant Dean of Women at Howard University.
A life-long Methodist, she was a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and taught English at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Truly an unsung hero in the Civil Rights Movement. Read more about her herehttp://www.anb.org/articles/15/15-01364.html