Introducing the Margaret Moseley Cooperative!

We are excited to introduce the Margaret Moseley Cooperative, the second UU Community Cooperatives house! As part of our naming process we hope to connect with people who knew Margaret. If you knew her, we invite you to get in touch with us at admin@uucommunitycoops.org.

Here’s a little bit more about Margaret Moseley and why we’re excited to explore naming a house after her:

Margaret Moseley (1901-1997)

Margaret Moseley was a Unitarian African-American civil rights activist from Dorchester, MA. Moseley originally wanted to be a nurse but was turned away by every hospital-nursing program in Boston because of her race. She was a founding member of Cooperative Way, a consumers cooperative in Boston in the 1940s. Moseley also served on the board of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. She was a founding member of Freedom House in Roxbury, a leader of anti-McCarthyism movement in the 1950 and president of the Community Church in Boston.

After moving to Cape Cod in 1961 she helped form local chapters of the NAACP and WILPF. She was a founding member of of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and the Fair Housing Committee on Cape Cod. Moseley was active in the Unitarian Church of Barnstable as a founding member of their Social Responsibility Committee and the first woman to chair their board. She was also on the boards of the Cape Cod Section, Mass Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Elder Services of Cape Cod. She worked on voter registration campaigns in Selma, AL in 1965 and received the MLK Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) established the Margaret Moseley Memorial Peace Education Fund in her honor in 1989.

Read a little bit from her memoirs here.

Check out our flier from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly below!

 

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