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Black History Spotlight: Enoila McMilan, first woman named NAACP president

NAACP President Enolia P. McMillan and the Rev. John Wright begin their journey to Ocean City's Boardwalk in 1986 to demonstrate against businesses' hiring practices. (Sun file photo)

Enolia Pettigen McMillan was the first woman to be named president of the NAACP.

“Her roots in advocacy and civil rights began with her work in exposing what was going on in public education in Maryland.”

Dr. Tiffany McMillan Mfume, assistant vice president for Student Success and Retention at Morgan State University is the granddaughter of activist and educator Enolia McMillan (October 20, 1904 – October 24, 2006).

During an interview on Two Way Talk, Dr. Mfume reflects on childhood memories, her grandmother’s achievements and McMilan’s role in the fight for civil rights.

Click the audio to learn about Enolia Pettigen McMillan.