Melnea Cass (1896 – 1978) was an American community and civil rights activist. She was deeply involved in women’s suffrage activities for all of her life. As a young woman, she helped to organize Black women to register to vote and cast their first votes after the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920.

In recognition of her service to the community in many areas throughout her life Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood bears her name along with the Melnea A. Cass Swimming Pool and Indoor Recreation Arena.

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