A true renaissance woman, Mary 'Daisy' Elizabeth Adams Lampkin was the first African American woman in Pennsylvania to receive a historical marker commemorating her remarkable life. Born August 9, 1883, in Washington, DC, Mrs. Lampkin moved to Pittsburgh in 1908 and, by 1912, was a member of the New Negro Women's Equal Franchise Federation, a women’s rights movement for African American women. From 1925 to 1965, she was a major stockholder and Vice President of The Pittsburgh Courier, at its peak, the best-known Black publication in the nation. In 1930, she became the regional Field Secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the NAACP’s national Field Secretary from 1935 to 1947.
Mrs. Lampkin was a member of the Colored Voters' Division of the Republican National Committee, the Allegheny County Negro Women's Republican League, the Negro Voters League of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women. During World War I, Lampkin raised over $2 million in Liberty bond sales and sold 250,000 Stop lynching! N.A.A.C.P. Defense Fund buttons to African Americans during the Great American Depression. Among her many accolades, Mrs. Lampkin was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt-Mary McLeod Bethune World Citizenship Award.
Today, the Pittsburgh NAACP building is named after another civil rights leader who also championed women's causes, Alma Speed Fox.