Image

10:27 PM / Friday April 16, 2021

21 May 2016

Eunice Hunton Carter: Women’s rights activist, mob buster

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 21, 2016 Category: Diaspora Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Eunice Hunton Carter

Celebrating Great Women in History

rewinding black.com

Eunice Hunton Carter worked as an international peace and women’s rights activist. Carter was born on July 16, 1899, in Atlanta, to William Alphaeus, Sr. and Addie Waite Hunton, who were prominent educators and activists. Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York, when she was just 5-years-old in response to the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906.

Carter attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. where she attained both her B.A. and M.A. degrees. While writing her masters thesis, she was introduced to then-Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge.

After graduating from college, she worked as a social worker before marrying her husband Lyle Carter in 1924. After the birth of her son, she began studying law at Fordham University, and in 1934, she became the first black woman to pass the New York State Bar.

Image

Carter entered politics in 1934 when she was nominated by the Republican Party to represent New York’s 19th District in the State Assembly. She was the first African-American to gain the Republican nomination for that office. Carter’s campaign centered on the need to reduce the age limit for pension, enforce compliance with legal standards for tenement housing, and the continuation of unemployment insurance. She lost by 1,600 votes.

After the riots in Harlem, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia appointed her as secretary on the Committee on Conditions. She was also appointed as deputy assistant to Special Prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey.

Carter provided the essential legal strategy in convicting Charles “Lucky” Luciano, the most influential Mafia crime boss in New York City, by marshalling a massive assault on organized prostitution. Authorities raided 200 brothels to gain testimonies against Luciano, which eventually came from three sex workers. At the time, this was the largest organized crime prosecution in U.S. history.

Carter served as Assistant District Attorney of New York County for ten years. Carter died in 1970 at the age of 70.

Sources: http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1963424_1963480_1963450,00.html

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/eunice-hunton-carter-1899-1970

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Sports

Up and coming fighter overdue for a title

April 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Jaron “Boots” Ennis Jaron “Boots” Ennis is showing everyone that it’s...

Go With The-Flo

Madonna purchased The Weeknd’s estate in the Hidden Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles for $19.3 million

April 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: The Weeknd   (Photo: Shutterstock) By Florence Anthony After the lights...

Politics

Biden orders gun control actions — but they show his limits

April 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, and Attorney...

Diaspora

More volcanic eruptions on Caribbean island of St. Vincent

April 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A woman and a girl walk wearing protective head coverings walk...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cooking? Pea pesto pasta with sun-dried tomatoes & arugula

April 16, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts Pasta meets sauce: secrets to the perfect...

Color Of Money

Five key money moves to consider when transitioning out of the military

April 15, 2021

Tweet Share Pin Email BPT Each year, approximately 200,000 men and women transition from the U.S. military...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff