While most girls run away from home to marry, I ran away to teach.
Mary Church Terrell
The daughter of former slaves, Mary Church Terrell (born September 23, 1863) was a cofounder and the first president of the National Association of Colored Women as well as a charter member of the NAACP. She graduated from Oberlin College, taught school in Washington, D.C., and served on the District of Columbia Board of Education—the first African American woman to hold such a position. Her autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World, captures her lifetime of work as a civil rights activist and lecturer on women’s suffrage and social justice issues.