Anna Arnold Hedgemen
A civil rights leader, politician, and writer, Anna Arnold Hedgemen was also the first African-American student at Hamline University, a Methodist college in Minnesota. After college she became a teacher. During her tenure as a teacher, Hedgemen witnessed segregation and decided to fight for its end.
After holding a position as assistant dean of women at Howard University in 1946, Hedgemen later moved to New York and became the first African-American woman to hold a mayoral cabinet position in the history of the state.
Hedgemen, who died in 1990, is the author of The Trumpet Sounds: A Memoir of Negro Leadership (1964), Gift of Chaos: Decades of American Discontent (1977) and many articles for numerous organizations.