Civil Rights

Margaret Bush Wilson

Margaret Bush Wilson (1919-2009) was a prominent civil rights activist, attorney, and leader in the African American community. She dedicated her life to fighting for racial equality, social justice, and human rights. Wilson was born on January 30, 1919, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in a segregated community and experienced firsthand the effects of racial discrimination. She attended Howard University and later earned her law degree from Lincoln University School of Law in Missouri, becoming one of the few African American women lawyers in the country at that time.

Throughout her career, Wilson was involved in various civil rights organizations and initiatives. She served as the first female president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and was a national board member of the organization. Wilson played a vital role in challenging segregation, advocating for voting rights, and promoting equal opportunities for African Americans.

Robert B Pirie presenting an award to Margaret Bush Wilson, 2 Feb 1980

Wilson was also actively involved in the legal profession. She worked as an attorney, specializing in civil rights law and fighting against racial discrimination. She co-founded the law firm Wilson, Moore, and Taylor, which focused on civil rights and employment discrimination cases.

In addition to her legal and civil rights work, Wilson was committed to community development and uplifting African American culture. She served on the boards of several organizations, including the Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women. She also worked to improve educational opportunities for African American children.

Margaret Bush Wilson’s contributions were widely recognized, and she received numerous awards and honors throughout her life. Her tireless efforts and commitment to social justice continue to inspire future generations of activists and advocates for equality. Wilson passed away on September 11, 2009, leaving behind a powerful legacy of civil rights activism and legal advocacy.

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