Lea Pride served business and her community well

*On this date in 1926, Leatrice Pride was born. She was an African American administrator, activist, and social director.

From St. Paul, Minnesota, Leatrice Inez Dodd Pride was the only child of Raymond and Timm Dodd. Her father worked as a Pullman porter. Young Leatrice was raised by Benjamin and Lola D. Edwards along with there only daughter Beneta. Leatrice and Beneta were cultured in an area of St. Paul called the Rondo district. Between WW I and WW II, segregation was a fact of everyday life in Black Minnesota.