Hortense Canady

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Hortense Canady
Born Elizabeth Hortense Golden
(1927-08-18) August 18, 1927 (age 86)[1]
Chicago, Illinois
Died October 23, 2010(2010-10-23) (aged 83)[2]
Organization Delta Sigma Theta sorority
Spouse(s) Clinton Canady, Jr.[1]

Hortense (Golden) Canady (August 18, 1927 – October 23, 2010) was a civil rights leader, the first African American elected to the Lansing Board of Education.[3][4] She served as national president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority from 1983-1988.


Canady was born Elizabeth Hortense Golden on August 18, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois.[1] At age 16, she enrolled in Fisk University, where she met her husband. The two were married on her 18th birthday, prior to his deployment during World War II.[1] She continued her education at Fisk, and later received Bachelor's of Science in Zoology.[1] Later in life, she went back to school and received a master's degree in higher education from Michigan State University.[1]

Her daughter Alexa Canady was the first African-American woman to become a neurosurgeon.[5]


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