Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School
Project Status: Project Completed
About This Project
Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1889-1974)
According to Beatrice Morrow Cannady's biographer, Kimberley Mangun, Cannady was the most noted civil rights activist in early twentieth-century Oregon. Using her position as editor of the Advocate, Oregon's largest African-American newspaper, Cannady launched numerous efforts to defend the civil rights of Oregon’s African-Americans, and challenge racial discrimination in its varied forms.
Cannady was the first Black woman to graduate from law school in Oregon, and the first to run for state representative.
She was considered a goodwill ambassador between races, as her goal was to develop allies, who would challenge inequities.
She gave hundreds of lectures to high school and college students about the importance of better race relations.