Helen Appo Cook was a wealthy, prominent African-American community activist in Washington, D.C. and a leader in the women’s club movement. Cook was a founder and president of the Colored Women’s League, which consolidated with another organization in 1896 to become the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), an organization still active in the 21st century. Cook supported voting rights and was a member of the Niagara Movement, which opposed racial segregation and African American disenfranchisement. In 1898, Cook publicly rebuked Susan B. Anthony, president of the National Woman’s Suffrage Association, and requested she support universal suffrage following Anthony’s speech at a U.S. Congress House Committee on Judiciary hearing.
3 Jun 2022