Margaret Sloan-Hunter

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Margaret Sloan-Hunter
Margaret Sloan-Hunter.jpg
Born 1947
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Died September 23, 2004
Oakland, California
Literary movement Congress of Racial Equality;
National Black Feminist Organization

Margaret Sloan-Hunter (1947 – September 23, 2004) was a Black feminist, lesbian,[1] and civil rights advocate, and one of the early editors of Ms. magazine.


Sloan-Hunter was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in Chicago.[2]

When she was 14, she joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a group that worked on poverty and urban issues on behalf of the African-American community in Chicago. At the age of 17, she founded the Junior Catholic Inter-Racial Council, a mix of suburban and inner-city students who talked about and worked on racial problems. In 1966, Sloan-Hunter worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and in the "Open Housing Marches".[3]

In 1973, she founded the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO), which tackled some of the same race and feminist issues. In 1975, she and her daughter moved to Oakland, California, where they established the Women's Foundation.[3] Sloan-Hunter also helped organize the Berkeley Women’s Center and the Feminist School for Girls.[4]

Sloan-Hunter published a book of poetry called Black & Lavender in 1995.[5]

She died in Oakland in 2004 after a prolonged illness.[2]


  1. ^ Sloan-Hunter, Margaret. The Issue is Woman Identification, in For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology, Onlywomen Press, 1988, ISBN 0-906500-28-1, p147
  2. ^ a b "Margaret Sloan-Hunter, noted feminist activist, writer and lecturer, succumbs" in Jet Magazine, November 1, 2004.
  3. ^ a b Sloan-Hunter, Margaret. "Author Biography" in For Lesbians Only: A Separatist Anthology, Onlywomen Press, 1988, ISBN 0-906500-28-1, p. 588.
  4. ^ Ms. Magazine, October 15, 2004, Obits.
  5. ^ Sloan-Hunter, Margaret. Black & Lavender, 1995, ISBN 1-887862-00-5