Unita Blackwell

(Unita Zelma Blackwell)

Unita Blackwell
Unita Blackwell
  • Born: March 18, 1933
  • Nationality: American
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Unita Zelma Blackwell is an American civil rights activist who was the first African American woman, and the tenth African American, to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Blackwell was a project director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and helped organize voter drives for African Americans across Mississippi. She is also a founder of the US China Peoples Friendship Association, a group dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between the United States and China. Barefootin', Blackwell's autobiography, published in 2006, charts her activism.

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