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January-13-97

Evelyn Davis, Founder of New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Dies at 75

Evelyn Davis who founded the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women and was a former vice-president of the Children's Television Workshop, died of cancer on January 9, 1997. Ms. Davis led efforts to make "Sesame Street" known to inner-city parents and children since its inception in 1969. She saw Sesame Street as an innovative program, a sort of televised Head Start, and oversaw staff members who visited inner-city communities to bring the show to the areas. In the early 1970's she founded the New York Coalition of 100 Black Woman which urges black women to become involved in politics. The group's projects include holding voter registration drives in Harlem and helping young black women establish personal networks.

Media Resources: New York Times - January 13, 1997