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Date of Birth: 1903 , April-4
Date of Death: 2000 , November
Birth Nation: United States

Quick Timeline of Marvel Duck

1903 Born in Mankato, Minnesota, USA
1925 Graduated from University of Minnesota
1926 Worked for The Crisis
1929 Married with Cecil Cooke
1928 Worked at New York Amsterdam News
1937 Left Amsterdam News
1940 Worked for People’s Voice
1950 Worked for The Daily Compass
1953 elected as New York director of the National Council of
1971 Worked for Angela Davis Defense Fund
1990 Served for American-Soviet Friendship Committee
2000 Died because of Leukemia

Detail Timeline of Marvel Duck

April 4 , 1903

Born in Mankato, Minnesota, USA

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.

1925

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.

1926

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.

1929

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.

1928

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.

1937

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.

1940

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.

1950

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”.

1953

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.

1971

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.

1990

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.

2000

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.

 

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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.