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Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, PhD  

Author, Past President League of Women Voters of the United States

Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, PhD, served two terms as the fifteenth president of the League of Women Voters of the United States and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (1998–2002). She is the only woman of color to have served as national president in the organization’s first one hundred years. Since the early 1980s, she has served in a range of capacities at the local, state, and national levels of the league. Her career in public school and higher education spanned more than forty years. At the time of retirement, Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins continues to be an advocate and activist for civil rights, social justice, educational excellence, and stronger citizen participation in the electoral process for underrepresented populations. She actively serves on numerous boards and advises community-based organizations. She has received numerous awards for her contributions. Dr. Jefferson-Jenkins most recently served as is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Women of color in organizations and leadership; history of women of color in suffrage movement; history of African-American vote; civil rights in the 21st century

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