August 20, 2017

A Black Herstory Moment: Ms. Ethel Mae Matthews

Ms. Ethel Mae Matthews

Ms. Ethel Mae Matthews stands in front of the Georgia Capitol demanding justice.


As thousands of Georgians brace themselves for the possibility of losing their Food Stamps, we pause on this 6th day in Black History month to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. Ethel Mae Matthews.

Ms. Matthews was one of the most passionate, strategic and successful poverty rights advocates from Atlanta’s Peoplestown Neighborhood. Affiliated with Emmaus House, Ms. Matthews embodied the gospel story of the persistent widow. She knocked and knocked, and knocked at the doors of power to insist that Atlanta’s poorest receive the assistance and rights to which they were entitled.

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