Mabel Keaton Staupers (1890-1989)

Inspiration for Activism!

  • Tireless advocate for African American women and nurses;  eventually achieving integration of Black nurses in the American Nurses Association (1948)
  • Enlisted the help of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and led a national letter-writing campaign to persuade President Franklin D. Roosevelt and other political leaders of the need to fully desegregate the armed forces, including the U.S. Armed Forces Nurses Corp in World War II..
  • In 1935, one of the founders of the National Council of Negro Women
  • In 1914, earned her nursing credential at the Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing (now the Howard University College of Nursing) in Washington, D.C.
  • Became Director of Nursing at the Booker T. Washington Sanitarium  — the first hospital in Harlem to treat African-Americans with tuberculosis.
  • Conducted research on the healthcare needs of Harlem resident, leading to the Harlem Committee of the New York Tuberculosis and Health Association.
  • Served as executive secretary of the National Association for Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN) from 1934 to 1949.

See Mabel Staupers papers archived at Howard University here 

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