12 Black Women You Should Know // Anna Arnold Hedgeman

Anna Arnold Hedgeman was an African-American civil rights leader, politician, educator, and writer. After being the executive director of Harry Truman’s 1948 presidential campaign, Hedgeman was rewarded with a federal appointment in the Health, Education, and Welfare Department in the new president’s administration. She was also appointed to the cabinet of New York City mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr.. Hedgeman was a major advocate for both minorities and the poor in New York City. She also served as a consultant for many companies and entities on racial issues, and late in her life founded Hedgeman Consultant Services.