|Pierce, Edith Lovejoy|
|Box 26, Folder 2|
General Physical Description note - CTL to Edith Lovejoy Pierce, 1 p.
Pierce, Edith Lovejoy, 1904-1983 (Subject)
Edith Lovejoy Pierce (1904-1983) was a twentieth-century poet and pacifist.
Proctor, Hilda Stewart, 1905-1984 (Creator)
Hilda Stewart Proctor (1905-1984) was a pacifist, civil rights activist, and administrative assistant. Proctor was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1905. Although her parents were British, Proctor descended from a historically progressive American family tree; she was a great-grandniece of famed U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Proctor became politically active as a teenager, joining the organization Fellowship of Youths for Peace, the juvenile arm of the pacifist group Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR). She studied the violin at New England Conservatory of Music, and social studies and religion at Boston University, simultaneously as an undergraduate. Proctor's first professional jobs were at black newspapers on the East Coast, including the New York Amsterdam News and the Pittsburgh Courier. At the latter publication, Proctor was personal assistant to an editor, and she continued to work as support staff for the remainder of her career. In the mid-twentieth century, Proctor relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to accept the position of personal secretary to Fisk University president and noted sociologist Charles S. Johnson. As a social liberal who enjoyed assisting noted intellectuals and racial equality activists, Proctor readily moved to Montgomery, Alabama for a temporary position as secretary to Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1958. She worked for King for eight months, while his regular secretary, Maude Ballou, took maternity leave. During Proctor's tenure in Montgomery, she answered King's correspondence, arranged his travel, and handled various other business matters. Additionally, she maintained his office and provided extra help following an assassination attempt on King's life in New York in September 1958. Proctor became friends with King during her employment, and they remained correspondents into the 1960s. She moved to Hawaii following her departure from Montgomery, though she offered to return to the mainland U.S. to help King should he need her. In the mid-1960s, she worked for Wyatt Tee Walker at the Educational Heritage Foundation in New York. In her later years, Proctor continued to participate in social justice activism. In addition to working with FOR, she was also active in the National Urban League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Proctor died in 1984.
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