Georgia Women of Achievement (GWA) posthumously honored Savannah native Rebecca Stiles Taylor (1879-1958) at the 23rd annual Georgia Women of Achievement’s Induction Ceremony on Thursday, March 13. The induction was held at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and honored inspirational women in Georgia who have made significant contributions in their chosen field. Teya Ryan, President and Executive Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting served as this year’s keynote speaker for the ceremony.
Rebecca Stiles Taylor was a member of Second African Baptist Church and a teacher at the Beach-Cuyler School. She became the Dean of Women at Mary McCloud Bethune’s Bethune-Cookman College and wrote for the Chicago Defender, the only national pro-black newspaper in the United States in the nineteenth century. After organizing the Savannah chapter of the National Association of Colored Women in 1918, Taylor became the first president of the organization. She joined Mary McLeod Bethune in 1919 to organize the Southeastern Region National Association of Colored Women, serving as corresponding secretary and president of the Georgia State Federation.
“We are very pleased to be able to honor Rebecca Stiles Taylor on behalf of the citizens of Georgia,” said Leigh Goff, GWA board president. “Ms. Taylor is a notable civil organizer whose leadership positively affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of African American women in Savannah and beyond.” Taylor and two other Georgia women were honored during the GWA’s annual induction ceremony. They will join 76 other incredible women who have been honored to date.
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