Africare Board of Trustees Name Tag Worn by Ethel L. Payne

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Between 1985 and 1991
plastic, paper, ink, metal
2 5/16 × 3 1/2 × 1/4 in. (5.8 × 8.9 × 0.7 cm)
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Ethel Lois Payne Collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Avis R. Johnson.
Journalist Ethel L. Payne (1911-1991) wore this name tag while serving on the Board of Trustees for Africare, a nongovernmental organization partnering with African people on development and policy issues. The paper name tag slips into a flexible plastic sleeve with a metal pin in back to affix it to clothing. In the 1970s, Payne supported Africare’s own development by telling its story in her newspaper articles and encouraging readers to donate to the newly founded nonprofit. Numerous reporting and diplomatic trips fed her interest in Africa, and, in 1982, her concern for the continent’s five million refugees led to a humanitarian visit. The journey reconnected her with Africare, and she became an active member of its Board of Trustees in 1985. The longtime Washington, DC resident reported from thirty countries over the course of her pioneering career, becoming known as the First Lady of the Black Press.
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