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Biography

Etta Moten Barnett

  • Activism
  • Africa & the Diaspora
  • Music
  • Organizations
  • Women's Voices
Black and white photograph of Etta Moten Barnett and another woman examining a large map of Africa hanging on the wall. Wearing a long sleeved white blouse with a brooch at the neckline and a grey straight skirt, Etta Moten Barnett stands to the side of the map and points to the country of Liberia with her right arm outstretched. The woman standing next to her wears a light grey dress with double breasted black button up the front and a black belt.

A Pioneering Entertainer

Etta Moten Barnett, ca. 1940

Etta Moten Barnett, ca. 1940

Moten Pledges Alpha Kappa Alpha

Poster for concert featuring Etta Moten Barnett presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha

Poster for concert featuring Etta Moten Barnett presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha

A Goodwill Ambassador

Etta Moten Barnett, her husband Claude Barnett, and Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon

Etta Moten Barnett, her husband Claude Barnett, and Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon

An Interest in Africa

Etta Moten Barnett and her husband Claude A. Barnett

Etta Moten Barnett and her husband Claude A. Barnett

Etta Moten Barnett and a woman examining a map of Africa

Advocating for Women’s Rights

United Nations ID card belonging to Etta Moten Barnett

United Nations ID card belonging to Etta Moten Barnett

I hope when you go [to research other cultures], you don’t just stop at the offices of the men in the cities, but that you go to the women in the country.

Etta Moten Barnett, 1980

A photograph of an African American woman washing laundry outdoors in a yard. Clothes hand behind her on a line.
Historic Event

Atlanta Washerwomen Strike

In 1881 Washerwomen in Atlanta formed a union and went on strike to demand better wages. Learn about the harsh conditions they faced and how they won.

  • Economics
A color photograph of a portion of a Stop Aids graffiti mural in New York City. The mural is painted on a light tan wall. The bottom half of the image features a depiction of a white brick wall with cracks running through many of the bricks, running the full length of the image. A light and dark blue cloud features prominently on the left side of the image with the words [STOP / AIDS] spray painted in yellow letters outlined in red. The middle of the image features an illustration two men standing in profile, facing each other, on either side of a tombstone. The front of the tombstone has the text [USE YOUR / HEAD BEFORE / YOU END UP / DEAD.] written in black text. The word [DEAD] is underlined and the letters have drip lines giving it a bloody text effect. The man on the left is featured wearing a yellow shirt, yellow pants, and black shoes with yellow laces. He has three black thought bubbles above, and to the right of his head. He is holding his proper left hand splayed out, reaching for a syringe with a bloody hypodermic needle in the proper right hand of the man depicted on the right of the tombstone. The man on the right is depicted with red spikey hair, a green shirt, green pants and black shoes with white laces. On the far right of the image is the text [THE LAW] written in red block letters, outlined in black, above a depiction of scrolled paper with the text [I. DON’T “SHOOT” / DRUGS. / II. USE CONDOM. / III. HAVE SEX WITH FAiTHFUL / PARTNER.] written in black text. There are no inscriptions on the recto. On the verso the image is signed in blue ink by the photographer.
Present to Past

Medical Racism

The COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted many systemic inequalities that impact African American health and access to health care.

  • LGBTQIA+
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Biography

Vivian Carter Mason

Social worker, educator, and civil rights activist Vivian Carter Mason worked across racial lines to fight for equal education in Norfolk, Virginia.

  • Organizations