Mary Ann Wright
"Mother Wright"
July 11, 1921 - May 7, 2009

First, I want to say Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas out there! Second, and sadly I want to acknowledge the passing of an Oakland, CA icon, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a Queen who had no limits to her compassion for others - Mary Ann Wright or "Mother Wright" as she was affectionately known to the lives of the people she touched. Recently, I mentioned Mother Wright in a brief blog post (see below) about solutions to solving hunger around the world. I've never had the pleasure of meeting this great woman however, my late grandmother, mother and other relatives never failed to mention Mother Wright's name along with her tireless efforts of giving, feeding, and clothing the needy during the holidays. So, Mother Wright has always been known to me as a household name and is synonymous with the city of Oakland, CA - as is SoulBeat, Lake Merritt, and the Black Panthers.

Following is a link to an article from the Bay Area Insider's website which chronicles the life of Mother Wright.

It all started with with a message from God in her dream and a $236 Social Security check. And for over 30 years an angel fed those in need. Never say never.

Mother Mary Ann Wright Foundation
Inside Bay Area article on Mother Wright's Passing
Past article on Mother Wright


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