Little Known Black History Fact
Unita Blackwell was the first Black woman elected mayor in the state of Mississippi, this after working across the state as a member of the civil rights movement. She passed away on May 13, 2019.
Blackwell was born on March 18, 1933 in the town of Lula to sharecropping parents. With opportunities limited in the state, Blackwell began her education in Arkansas while also working in the field. As a teenager, she lived for a time in Florida but returned to Mississippi, involving herself in voter registration and education fairness efforts.
Blackwell was aligned with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was elected a member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Blackwell was also involved with the Freedom Summer movement, and worked for the National Council of Negro Women. (READ MORE)