Cannady, Beatrice Morrow
1889 - 1974

Alias: Beatrice Morrow
Born: 1/9/1889 in Littig, Texas
Died: 8/19/1974
Ethnicity: African American/Black
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Criminal Law
Criminal (defense) law
Regions and States of Practice:
TX, South
Legal Education:
Northwestern University School of Law, 1922
Other Education:
Wiley College
University of Chicago
Positions During Her Career:
Assistant Editor of "The Advocate"
President of First A.M.E. Church Zion
Head of the department of public posters and prints for the National Association of Colored Womenís Clubs
President of the Colonel Young War Savings Society
Head of the knitting unit for the Pleasant Home Red Cross Auxiliary in Portland
Played a significant role in the chartering of Portlandís branch of the NAACP
Secretary of the Oregon branch of the NAACP
Representative to the fourth annual Pan-African Congress in New York
Toured the USA and Canada, giving lectures
Used radio broadcasts from major Portland radio stations to highlight issues and people of color
Member of the International Committee for calling the fifth Pan-African Congress
African-American woman to be licensed by the Oregon Bar and arguably the first in the entire Pacific Northwest

Further Research Materials

Kimberley Mangun, A Force for Change. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press (2010)
Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1889 - 1974)
Quintard Taylor, Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1889 - 1974). In The Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University, available at:
Beatrice Morrow Cannady Speaks to the NAACP
Beatrice Morrow Cannady Speaks to the NAACP,, available at:
Beatrice Morrow Cannady. Prod. Nadine Jelsing. Oregon Public Broadcasting, 2007. DVD.
Beatrice Morrow Cannady
Cain Allen, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, CN 011493, Oregon Journal Collection, Oregon Historical Society, available at:
Smith, J. Clay (John Clay), Emancipation : The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press (1993)


Student Papers:
Potential Paper Topics:
An analysis of her role in the chartering of several branches of the NAACP, including one in Portland
An analysis of her first piece of legislative advocacy, a civil rights bill that did not pass.
An analysis of State of Oregon v. Leon George, in which an African-American man was accused of robbing a local Portland drugstore.
An analysis of her attack on the death penalty, and perhaps a comparison with the later arguments made in McCleskey v. Kemp.
Research into her activities lobbying for equal treatment of black children in Veronia, OR.
An analysis of the Butchek case, in which the defendant, at a critical moment, denouced Cannady, his attorney.
An analysis of the Trindle case.
An analysis of her efforts pertaining to the education of children. Interestingly, the Portland School Board agreed to permit the teaching of Negro History in Portland' s public schools only if Cannady organized the series herself.
An analysis of the criminal trial of Spencer Whitney.