Englewood Makes History

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  • Urban League Bergen County.jpg

    The Urban League for Bergen County is a volunteer auxiliary of the National Urban League.
  • WCTU Logo.jpg

    The Women's Christian Temperance Union founded in 1874 is an organization dedicated to the Temperance Movement. It became one of the largest and most influential women's groups during this era. The organization focused on labor laws, prison reform, women's suffrage, public health, prostitution, international peace, and domestic violence. The organization began heavily focusing on supporting the 18th Amendment and alcohol prohibition during the early 1900s. The first presidents were Annie Wittenmyer and Frances Willard.
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    The National Urban League is a civil rights organization that advocates for African American rights, fighting against racial discrimination. The Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negros was founded in 1910 by Ruth Standish Baldwin and Dr. George Edmund Hayes and it merged with the Committee for the Improvement of Industrial Conditions Among Negros and the National League for the Protection of Colored Women. 
    The organization provides many services such as job training, housing and community development, workforce development, educational opportunities, and voting assistance. Programs were developed to fight for health, employment, and housing equity.  The organization has been involved in politics, protests, and social work throughout its history to achieve its mission.
  • YWCA Logo.jpg

    The first Young Women's Christian Association was created in 1855 in England. Mary Jane Kinnaird founded the North London Home for nurses who traveled during the Crimean War. It combined with Emma Robarts Prayer Union in 1877 to form the YWCA.

    The YWCA of the United States was founded in 1858. It is a nonprofit organization founded in the 1850s dedicated to empowering and supporting women. Current programs fight for racial equality, sexual violence support, health care, and child care. There are also efforts to provide education and job opportunities
  • Ethel McGhee Davis.jpg

    Ethel Davis McGhee was an American social worker and educator. She was the first African American social worker in Englewood, New Jersey when she became the Director of Social Work at the Social Service Federation for Englewood's African American community in 1925. She worked for the Social Service Federation's Memorial House, which was eventually named the Englewood Community House.

    In the 1930s, Davis worked at Spelman College, where she acted as Dean of Women and taught sociology. She was the school's first African American administrator.

    Davis was heavily involved in numerous organizations such as the Young Woman's Christian Association (YWCA), the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, the League of Women Voters, and the National Council of Negro Women.

    She traveled back to Englewood in 1954 and remained active in the community. She was involved in numerous organizations in Englewood including the Social Service Federation, the Urban League, the Leonard Johnson Nursery School, the Community Chest, the First Baptist Church of Englewood, and the Adult Advisory Committee.

    She married John Warren Davis, President of West Virginia State College on September 2, 1932. She had two daughters, Caroline Florence Davis Gleiter and Dorothy Davis McDaniel.
  • Englewood Gets Federal Grant to Construct Memorial House.jpg

    An article describes how the Memorial Home was granted a federal grant to build a new location for the center in 1969. It was granted by the Neighborhood Facilities Program. The previous two-story building had become dilapidated.
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    The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs is a State agency that supports local governments, community development organizations, businesses, and individuals within New Jersey.

    Programs focus on management, finances, community planning, affordable housing, disaster recovery, historic preservation, and building safety.
  • YWCA.jpg

    The YWCA of Ridgewood and Hackensack was founded in the 1920s in relation to the YWCA of the United States. They combined in the 1990s to form the YWCA Bergen County. In the 2010s, the institution expanded to serve women in Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, and Hudson counties.
  • Brooklyn Boys' Work Council.jpg

    The Brooklyn Boys' Work Council was an organization that worked to help boys direct their future toward "the proper channels." The organization connected organizations that worked with young men such as city churches. Some of the organization's efforts went toward goals, such as helping boys gain an education.
  • Housing Eighties families The_Record_Mon__Jul_11__1983_.jpg

    The article "Housing Eighties Families" discussed the struggles of families to afford housing. There was an increasing amount of single-parent households, usually led by women. The article also mentioned a similar struggle for seniors. 

    Numerous organizations such as the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the Bergen County LWV, the YWCA, and the Women's Rights Information Center were involved in the gathering of statistics and proposals to help families find housing.
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