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Josephine Silone Yates

Josephine Silone Yates

Photo: Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-134336

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  • 1859 – 1912

    An inspiring teacher and passionate communicator, Josephine Silone Yates devoted
    her life to fighting racial prejudice. The first African American certified to teach in
    Rhode Island public schools, she later headed the natural sciences department at
    Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

    Moving to Kansas City in 1889 she became the first president of the Women’s
    League of Kansas City and the second president of the National Association of
    Colored Women — positions that gave her a national forum from which to speak and
    write on the betterment of her people. She ended her career teaching at Lincoln High
    School in Kansas City.