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Mary-Louise Hooper

Born: Jun 12, 1907

Death: Aug 14, 1987

Profession: Activist

Nationality: United States

Mary-Louise Hooper

Date of Birth : Jun 12, 1907
Date of Death : Aug 14, 1987

Mary-Louise Hooper was a wealthy American heiress and civil rights activist and anti-apartheid activist, whose brief imprisonment in Johannesburg, South Africa and subsequent exclusion from South Africa in 1957 was a cause celebre both in South Africa and the USA. Hooper was the first white member of the African National Congress, and was described by its National Executive as "one of our number, and a leading worker in the struggle for freedom and democracy", and was one of the ANC's three delegates to the first All-African Peoples' Conference in December 1958 in Accra, Ghana, and one of only two American observers at the Third All-African Peoples' Conference in Cairo, Egypt in March 1961. Hooper was also active in the NAACP, the American Friends Service Committee, and was the West Coast representative of the American Committee on Africa from 1962 until about 1969. Hooper was the editor of the South African Bulletin from 1964 to 1968.


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