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Mon, 09.27.1880

Henry Moskowitz, Activist born

Henry Moskowitz

*On this date in 1880, Henry Moskowitz was born.  He was a white Jewish-American administrator and civil rights activist, and one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  

 He was born in Hușse, Romania and his family migrated to the United States in 1883. He attended the New York City public schools and graduated from the City College of New York in 1899. In 1906 he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Erlangen in Germany.   He helped organize the Madison House Settlement and in 1907 he was active in the Ethical Culture Society.  

In 1914, he married Belle Lindner Israels. That same year, New York City mayor John Purroy Mitchel appointed him president of the Municipal Civil Service Commission. In 1917 he served as the Commissioner of Public Markets in New York City. He was the founding Executive Director of the League of New York Theatres which eventually became The Broadway League, the organization known for producing the Tony Awards.  Henry Moskowitz died on December 18, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City.  

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