The National Women’s Hall of Fame has described Mary Talbert as a civil rights and anti-death penalty activist, women’s rights activist, women’s rights advocate, and more.
Buffalo, New York – On Thursday, the University of Buffalo will hold a panel discussion to celebrate the life of Mary Burnett Talbert, named after a recently renamed street on the school’s campus.
Talbert was a native of Buffalo and is known for her work in the advancement of human rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The National Women’s Hall of Fame describes Talbert as a civil rights advocate and anti-lynching activist, suffrage advocate, human rights defender, international human rights defender and educator.
She served as president of the National Association of Women of Color Clubs and became the Vice President of the NAACP. Her activism is known to help lay the groundwork for the civil rights movement.
Committee members include Lillian Williams, Ph.D. and Lily Wiley Upshaw, both of whom are professors from the University of Buffalo.
“The history of African Americans in Buffalo needs more focus,” said Willie Upshaw. “We don’t know the history in an all-encompassing perspective, and it’s important to tell stories of people like Mary Talbert. Mary was one person, but her legacy was always. We still talk about everything she did, and everything of us needs to know that we can make a difference. The achievements of many of the people before us, it helps give me a sense of courage and optimism that in this climate of racial tension, we can make a change. ”
Mary Talbert Way recently replaced a road named after a former UB consultant who expressed racist views.
Thursday’s discussion, which will take place around noon, can be broadcast Here. It is part of the wider “Let’s Talk About Race” series offered by the school’s Office of Inclusive Excellence.