Nebraska Authors

Lenora Dennis Gray

Born 1873-11-08 Atchison, KS (USA)

Died 1957-11-30
Omaha, NE (USA)

Omaha, NE (USA)
Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Black feminist leader, civic leader and poet, Lenora worked for over fifty years with the Nebraska Federation of Colored Women's Clubs to help provide education for youth and housing for the aged. She catered for Father Flanagan's Boys' Home in Omaha prior to the establishment of Boys Town. Along with her Federation, she purchased a home in Lincoln called the Old Folks Home in the 1920s. She was also known for her work with the Woodson Center in Omaha, the Colored Women's Church Council and the Ernest Evans Chapter of the American War Mothers. She will be remembered for penning the motto used by the Nebraska Federation of Colored Women's Clubs: "Sowing for Others to Reap."

Places Lived

Atchison, KS
Omaha, NE (1889-1957)

Author Of

  • Poetry




Black Feminist leader
Civic organizer

Places Worked

Civic Leader


Member of Builders of Nebraska Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame, Nebraska International Women's Year Coalition, 1975


Nebraska Federation of Colored Women's Clubs
Eureka Art Club
South Side Civic Club
Mary McLeod Bethune Club
Civic Matrons Club
Sunday School teacher at Zion Baptist Church
Mission Society
Welcome Circle
Charter member of Colored Women's Church Council
Ernest Evans Chapter. No. 8 of American War Mothers

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