Jane Edna Hunter

(1882 - 1971)

Organization founder and director, nurse

Trained as both a nurse and lawyer, Jane Hunter's greatest and most fulfilling work was as founder and director of the Phillis Wheatley Association in Cleveland and in her dedication to enhancing the quality of life for black women.

Her groundbreaking work proved that is is always possible to help better the lives of the community, no matter what the obstacles are. People reading about her lifework should take a moment to ask themselves what their community currently needs. Whether it is education, better housing, health care, recognition, digital hearing aids, more medical care, or better sports facilities-- with effort and application it often possible to obtain. Jane Hunter is a great example for us all.

Thousands of women were housed and trained at the Phillis Wheatley between 1913 and the early 1960s, when black women had become well integrated into the YWCA. As the largest independent institution of its kind, the Phillis Wheatley Association became a model for similar facilities and self-help organizations around the country, under the auspices of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). Over time, its program included a beauty school, kindergarten, a music school, summer camp, a gymnasium, secretarial school, and countless clubs and outreach organizations for blacks in Cleveland.


Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days is a radio series aired on KGNU 88.5 FM at 8:00 pm MST on the third Monday of every month. It is a powerful series creating awareness of the role Blacks played in creating social changes. In addition the series will be live on 89.1 FM in Ft. Collins, 93.7 FM Ward and KGNU.org. The series is a 2 time winner of the "Scribes In Excellence Award" presented by the Colorado Association of Black Journalist judged by a national panel. Destination Freedom/Black Radio Days profiles the lives of African American Heroes and Sheroes and is sponsored by BlackRadioDays.com, Black and Read Books and Tapes (303) 467-3236, and The Urban Spectrum.

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