It’s #SuffrageSaturday! Today, we want to introduce you to Maude Craig (pictured left). Craig was born in Austin, Texas in February 1880. She attended Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, and she taught as a public school teacher for her entire life.
Alongside being a teacher, Craig had a passion for activism. She helped establish the Phyllis Wheatley Club, and from 1917 to the early 1920s, Craig served as the El Paso NAACP vice president. She was also a founding member of the El Paso Negro Woman’s Civic and Enfranchisement League and president of the El Paso Colored Woman’s Club.
Craig was an outspoken suffragist, fighting for the right of Black women to vote. Craig and her colleagues gave speeches around El Paso, preparing for the Democratic primary while also fighting for suffrage. She even applied for affiliation with the National American Woman Suffrage Association, but was denied due to racism. This denial didn’t deter Craig, as she continued to be an outspoken activist fighting for the right to vote, as well as an end to racism and segregation.
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