Mabel Byrd


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Mabel Janet Byrd born Canonsburg, PA July 3, 1895 (d. 1988). Early African-American civil rights activist; internationalist. Spoke at WILPF congress on peace and racism, Prague, 1927. Worked for ILO Geneva on labor in African mandates, 1927-29. Head of Chicago Women’s Committee Against War and Fascism, 1934; chaired women’s committee against war at International Women’s Conference, Paris, 1934.


[I]t is difficult to understand how cooperation and be substituted for conflict until those whose rule is dominant are led to change their attitude toward to minority or dominated group.” (Craig LaMay Higher Education for African Americans; photo