A noted portrait artist, missionary, and police officer, Fannie Rosalind Givens wore many hats during her life, and wore them well. Born in Illinois, Fannie Rosalind Givens was a graduate of Knox College.
She started the first Art program for African American students at the State University- Louisville (now Simmons College of Kentucky), instructing both teachers in the public schools and high school students. Givens painted several high profile people, including Booker T. Washington and Mary McLeod Bethune. Her painting of John R. Waller, minister to Madagascar, was hung in the White House.
Givens traveled around the world, speaking on behalf of her many missionary organizations. She spent six months in Africa in the early 1920s, visiting several countries including South Africa, Libya and Egypt. In 1927 Givens became the second black woman and third woman hired by the Louisville Police Department, a position she held for eleven years.
A leader in several women’s organizations, Givens served as president of the World Union of Colored Women for Peace and International Concord, chair of the Fine Arts department of the National Association of Colored Women, and a charter member and first president of the Eta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in Louisville. At the December 1930 Boulé, Givens was elected Zeta’s seventh Grand Basileus. #FINERWOMEN #WHM #HERSTORY
An advocate for civil rights and champion for many social causes, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beatrice Fouse was born in Lancaster, Kentucky. She attended the University of Cincinnati and worked as a teacher.
Fouse was active in the National Association of Colored Women, and served as the 4th state president of the Kentucky State Association of Colored Women. In 1913 she started the Kentucky State Scholarship Loan Fund, providing funds to students for over 25 years.
Fouse was an officer of the Lexington branch of the NAACP and one of the most influential leaders of the organization in the city. In 1920 she organized the Phillis Wheatley YWCA to provide temporary housing and care for young black women. She was also active in the Women’s Improvement Club which operated a nursery to care for babies and young children of working parents.
In 1944 she was appointed by Governor Simeon Willis to serve on the Kentucky Commission for the Study of Negro Affairs, which would recommend legislation to abolish segregation.
Lizzie B. Fouse was a member of the Tau Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta. #FINERWOMEN #HERSTORY