Ruth Turner (now Ruth Turner Perot) was the Executive Secretary of the Cleveland chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) as well as a National Action Council member. She was born in Chicago, educated at Oberlin College, and taught German in the Cleveland public schools before assuming her position at CORE. She is credited with the formulation of the Black Power philosophy. Currently she is the Executive Director of Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., which works to eradicate health disparities and aid vulnerable populations in attaining optimal health.
Image courtesy of Ruth Turner Perot.