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Enolia Pettigen McMillan
(October 20, 1904 – October 24, 2006) was the first female national president of the
Enolia Virginia Pettigen
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
, the daughter of Elizabeth Fortune Pettigen and John Pettigen, Enolia Pettigen attended
Frederick Douglass High School
with the help of a scholarship from
Alpha Kappa Alpha
and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1926.
She became a teacher in 1927 in
Caroline County, Maryland
. McMillan received a
in 1933 from
. Her thesis was entitled
Some Factors Affecting Secondary Education for Negroes in Maryland Counties (Excluding Baltimore)
Betha D. McMillan, Sr.
in 1936. After retiring from teaching in 1968, she became president of the NAACP from 1984 to 1990.
Pettigen McMillan died October 24, 2006, in
just four days after celebrating her 102nd birthday.
Frances N. Beckles. "Enolia Pettigen McMillan" in
20 Black Women: A Profile of Contemporary Black Maryland Women
. Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 1978. pp. 92–99
Adam Bernstein. "".
, October 26, 2006 p. B7
"Enolia Pettigen McMillan" in
Notable Black American Women
, Gale Research, 1992. ISBN 978-0787664947
Nicole Fuller and Kelly Brewington. "‘Matriarch of NAACP’ dies at 102".
The Baltimore Sun
, October 25, 2006 p. 1A, 9A
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