Martha A. Wright Wilson

Martha Wright was one of the very few African American students who had a photograph in the Gopher Yearbook. Her 1938 graduation as a math major from the College of Technology photograph lists her activities as memberships in the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the Negro Student Council, which she led as president. Neither group was ever photographed for the yearbook.  She was a member of a Negro Student Council committee that worked on de-segregating student housing.

She went on to a career at Savanah State College as a Professor of Mathematics, and ultimately Dean of Undergraduate Studies.  She was active in organizations that fought for human rights and children’s health, as well as serving as a national leader of the Episcopal Church, breaking barriers of race and bender.


CreatorGopher YearbookSourceUniversity of Minnesota Archives, Gopher Yearbook, vol 51, 1938, p 301.RightsImage is available courtesy the University of Minnesota Archives. For additional information about the use or re-use of this image please contact the University of Minnesota Archives at of MinnesotaTime Period1930s