This Day In Norwood History-March 16

Ann Tanneyhill Writes Script For National Radio Program

Former Local Woman Prominent In Social Work

Ann Tanneyhill

March 16, 1943 – The Norwood Messenger

Ann Tanneyhill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Tanneyhill of 32 Day street. Norwood has written the script and arranged the entire program, “Women For Freedom,” which will be broadcast over WEEI and the Columbia Network on Saturday afternoon, March 20, at 2:30 o’clock. The program is being presented by the National Urban League for Social Service Among Negroes, one of the country’s leading welfare agencies, and will last for a full hour on a nation-wide hook-up.

Miss Tanneyhill, well known locally, graduated from Norwood High School in the Class of 1923, and from Simmons College in Boston in 1928. At the present time she is associated with the National Urban League’s Bureau of Guidance and Placement.

The program, presented as part of the organization’s Eleventh Vocational Opportunity Campaign, will tell in story and fact of the contributions of Negro women to the building of America and to the defense of democracy.

Among the participants who have donated their services to the League’s cause will be Miss Anne Brown, the memorable “Bess” of George Gershwin’s famous folkopera, “Porty and Bess”; Miss Fredl Washington, formerly of the cast of the Broadway play, “Mamba’s Daughters.” and the screen production. “Imitation of Life”; Miss Mercedes Gilbert who has been seen in “The Little Foxes,” and was the star of “Mulatto”; Miss Edna Mae Harris, of the stage and screen versions of “The Green Pastures”; the Eva Jessye Choir directed by Miss Eva Jessye; Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune. noted Negro educator and leader: Miss Willa Brown, famous aviatrix and flying instructor; ; and Negro women holding skilled , positions in war production plants j throughout the country. Canada Lee, well-known actor, who has recently been selected to star in Dorothy Heywood’s drama. “New Georgia,” will serve as narrator for the program, which will also include direct greetings by short-wave from Negro women in unnamed theatres of war. The League’s general program seeks to secure for Negro citizens equality of opportunity in all phases of American life.

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