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~Mary Ann Wright~




Mary Ann Wright (July 11, 1921 - May 7, 2009), known as Mother Wright, was an humanitarian activist living and working in Oakland, California. 

She was born into a Roman Catholic African-American family in New Orleans and raised in the small town of Darlington, Louisiana.

In 1950 she moved to California with her nine children. She later remarried and had three more children. She worked two jobs to help support her family.

In 1980 she decided to help feed poor people after, she said, she received a vision from the Lord in a dream. She started out by serving one meal a week, paid for from her Social Security check of $236.

With help from others, among them her daughter, Joel, grocers, produce merchants, the leaders of local churches and community groups, and city officials, this effort grew to become the Mother Mary Ann Wright Foundation, which feeds more than 450 people a day on a budget of $137,000 a year.

As well as helping people in Oakland her foundation has provided help to people in Russia and Vietnam, and founded a school in Kenya.

In 2005, Wright was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans, by the Caring Institute. She has received many awards. She received a very prestigious award from the United Nations, after speaking to dignitaries from all over the world. She attended Presidential Inaugurations at the White House.

She passed away May 7, 2009.

In 2013, her latest achievement was being placed at the ‘Remembering Them’ Champions of Humanity, at the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park 19th Street, here in Oakland.

I have teamed up with the Mary Ann Wright Foundation to ‘KEEP HER LEGACY ALIVE’ THROUGH GOSPEL MUSIC.