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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: Beatrice Morrow Cannady

April 21st, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

Pictured here in 1929, Beatrice Morrow Cannady was the first African American woman to graduate from Northwestern College of Law (now Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon). Cannady completed her legal education in 1922. In 1932, she became the first African American in the state of Oregon to run for public office.

(Source: The Oregon Historical Society)

Posted by Ajuan Mance

Posted in African Americans, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, Black History, Higher Education, Wordless Wednesday

8 Responses

  1. Sukhmandir Kaur

    What incredible beauty and grace! A lovely young woman. Happy WW

  2. Stan

    That is a stunning picture of an accomplished woman. She exudes confidence.

  3. Villager

    Happy WW! I truly enjoy the information about OURstory that you share on your blog. This sister seems like she was born to accomplish firsts

    I invite your blog readers to enjoy Earth Day with President Obama

    peace, Villager

  4. Robin

    What a striking woman – looking at her there is no doubt in my mind that she was highly capable of achieving anything that she set her mind to.

    (And on a more prosaic note, I love her scarf!)

  5. Terri - teelgee

    That’s an awesome photo. I hadn’t heard of her before, I’d love to learn more. I live in Portland, so have access to information! Thanks for sharing this.

  6. DNLee

    she looks so impressive. such presence. I’m gonna take a picture like that one day.

    Happy wordless.

  7. Barbara

    I have always loved that picture of my Great-Aunt Bea. She was a wonderful powerful woman.

  8. Ajuan Mance

    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment. When I learned about your aunt and her incredible achievements, I just had to share her story. Please come back to read and/or comment any time, and if have any ideas about other posts on your aunt and her impressive legacy, just email me (

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