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Wyatt, Addie

Marcia Walker-McWilliams

in American National Biography Online


Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1501355

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Wyatt, Addie (08 March 1924–28 March 2012), labor leader, feminist, civil rights activist, and minister, was born Addie Cameron in Brookhaven, Mississippi, the daughter of Ambrose Cameron, a tailor and presser, and Maggie Mae Nolan, a schoolteacher. In 1930 the family left Brookhaven for Chicago, Illinois, in search of a better racial climate as part of the Great Migration, the mass exodus of African Americans out of the rural South to northern, western, and midwestern urban cities. The Camerons settled in the Bronzeville neighborhood, a rapidly growing African-American community on Chicago’s South Side that was rich in black-owned businesses and cultural institutions but plagued by slum housing, poverty, and joblessness....

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History ; Society and Culture ; Gender and Politics ; History of Gender and Sexuality ; Manufacturing ; History of Manufacturing and Construction

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