We Shall Overcome March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom - August 28, 1963

We Shall Overcome

This work was created by Anna Arnold Hedgeman (July 5, 1899 – January 17, 1990) .  She was an African American civil rights leader, politician, educator, and writer. After being the executive director of Harry Truman's 1948 presidential campaign, Hedgeman was rewarded with a federal appointment in the Health, Education, and Welfare Department in the president's administration. In 1954, she became the first African American woman to hold a mayoral cabinet position in the history of New York City.  She was the only woman among the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. Hedgeman individually recruited 40,000 protesters to participate. In 1966 she became a co-founder of the National Organization for Women. Her work was donated for use courtesy of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.   This cover is part of a larger work composition created by Hedgeman.


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