First Black Woman Joins the Daughters of the American Revolution’s National Board

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Wilhelmina Rhodes Kelly (courtesy of the DAR).

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a lineage-based group that represents the epitome of white privilege, named Wilhelmina Rhodes Kelly as the first African American woman to join its national governing board.

Kelly was also named head of the DAR’s New York state organization on June 30, according to the Associated Press (AP). The change reflects the organization’s efforts to encourage the membership of women of color, who have long been excluded, Kelly and others told the AP.

“The push is largely to encourage people to realize their own foundations and contributions to American history,” the 72-year-old said. Kelly, who lives in New York City, joined the DAR in 2004 after she traced her ancestry to a white Virginian who supplied the Revolutionary War effort.

Kelly was behind another momentous event in the DAR’s history. In 2012, she became one of the first…

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