Maggie L. Walker: Pioneering Banker and Community Leader

By Candice F. Ransom

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"Let us be strong and make big plans." These famous words from Maggie L. Walker - best known as the first female bank president in the United States - effectively sum up her story. All her life, Maggie set about making and achieving big plans. She participated in the first black student strike in 1883, led an organization that helped poor African Americans, established a savings bank for them, and helped black people start their own businesses.

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