Wednesday, April 07, 2010

In Memory: Wilma Mankiller

Today is Wednesday, 7 April 2010.

With great sorrow, The Museum of the Bourgeois marks the passing yesterday of Wilma Mankiller, aged 64.

Mankiller was a life-long activist for women’s rights and Native American rights. In 1981, she created the Cherokee Community Development Department, to provide assistance to low-income Cherokees. In 1983, she became the first woman to be elected Deputy Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, and President of the Tribal Council.

In 1985, Mankiller became the first woman to become Principal Chief, when the incumbent resigned. She was elected Chief in her own right in 1987 and 1991. In 1998, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

We thank Wilma Mankiller for a life of integrity and generosity well-lived; were that it were longer.

Billie Holiday was born on this date in 1915.


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