African American Collection: Daisy Lampkin: Suffragette and Civil Rights Icon


Born Daisy Adams on August 9, 1883, in Washington, D.C., Daisy Adams Lampkin became a lifelong activist, organizer, and fundraiser for civil and human rights. After living in Reading, Pennsylvania, she moved to Pittsburgh in 1909 when her public school education was completed. In 1912 she married restaurant owner William Lampkin and started to develop her passion for tackling social issues she related to by being an African American housewife. Most people remember Daisy as an executive member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) but she was also a leader in the suffrage movement preceding the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution for women's right to vote in 1920.

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