Marvel Duck Biography

Published On Oct 04, 2016
Facts of Marvel Duck
Date of Birth: 1903 , April-4
Date of Death: 2000 , November
Birth Nation: United States
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Marvel Cooke also worked as a social worker to bring social and political change in the country. She agitated to reform by breaking barriers of racism and sexism. She also addressed the problem of underpayment to laborers by her newspaper series “I Was a Slave”.

 Marvel married Cecil Cooke in 1929. Her husband was an athlete and teacher. She was a happy wife but after some years of marriage, her husband died in 1978. Before marrying her husband she broke off her engagement with Roy Wilkins. Although she has been serving her life socially, but her net worth should be in millions.


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Born in Mankato, Minnesota, USA

April 4 , 1903

Marvel Cooke was born in early 1900s in Mankato, Minnesota, USA. Her father Madison Jackson was a black lawyer who graduated from Ohio State University and her mother Amy Wood Jackson was a former teacher. She was born as Marvel Jackson Cooke.

Graduated from University of Minnesota


Marvel moved to Minneapolis and then she graduated from University of Minnesota with major in English in 1925. She was of 22, when she graduated from there. After her graduation she moved to New York City and started working.

Worked for The Crisis


In 1926, she moved to Harlem and worked for “The Crisis” as a job assistant to W.E.B Du. Bois. She was hired by Du. Bois as the charge of column in the NAACP magazine. While working there she made friendship with writers and artists such as Richard Wright, Countee Cullen, Paul Robeson and Elizabeth Catlett.

Married with Cecil Cooke


She broke off her engagement with Roy Wikings and married Cecil Cooke in 1929. Her husband was an internationally famous athlete and a teacher. Her husband was an Olympic champion and also a world-class sprinter. After their marriage, they moved to Greensboro, North California.

Worked at New York Amsterdam News


After that in 1928, Marvel worked for New York Amsterdam News, where she was a first woman employer in their long 40 years history. During her work period in Amsterdam News, she helped to organize the first union at a black owned newspaper.

Left Amsterdam News


In 1937, Marvel left the Amsterdam News for the protest on a sensational headline, “Killed Sweetheart, Slept with Body”. She also disliked the News, when she was assigned crime reports finding the paper only preferring to expand the news more than actual matter.

Worked for People’s Voice


In 1940, she worked as an editing manager on People’s Voice. It was a Harlem-based weekly which was owned by Adam Clayton Powell. After working for seven years, she decided to leave the paper in 1947.

Worked for The Daily Compass


In 1950 she worked with The Daily Compass a New York paper. She was the first and only Black journalist to serve as a reporter for a mainstream white-owned company. During her time period on The Daily Compass, she published a five part series, “The Bronx Market Slave”.

elected as New York director of the National Council of


She left The Daily Compass in November 1952. After that she was elected as New York director of the National Council of Arts, Science and Profession in 1953. In an interview she told she was happy with this job.

Worked for Angela Davis Defense Fund


She decided herself to devote in politics and become the member of National Communist Party. After that to continue her political interest she worked as national legal defense secretary of the Angela Davis Defense Fund in 1971.

Served for American-Soviet Friendship Committee


She decided to continue her political career throughout her life. In 1990 she served as a national vice chairman of the American-Soviet Friendship Committee. She left the American-Soviet Friendship  Committee in 1998, when she was already 95 years of age.

Died because of Leukemia


Marvel Cooke died in November 2000, because of leukemia. She has served her entire life to bring social and political changes in the country. Her life can also be taken as an inspiration and example and she is still known for her works in her lifetime.