Mabel Meshach White, 1994
Mabel Meshach White (1914 - 2007) was a businesswoman, passionate member of the church, and helped transform Black Dallas neighborhoods and encourage citizen activism. White began her career owning and operating businesses such as a barber and beauty shop and a grocery store. In 1956, White and her husband William established the William White Real Estate Company, helping Black community members become homeowners. White was always known for helping those less fortunate than herself, and established the first mobile medical unit to visit community centers throughout South Dallas, providing free health screenings for community members. White served as the President of Missionary Society for the Good Street Baptist Church, Vice President of the Good Street Federal Credit Union, and on the board of Good Haven Apartment Complex. White was a member of many civic and business organizations, including the National Council of Negro Women, the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. White became the first Black Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, and in 1997 was honored by Bank of America as a Legend in Business. White’s commitments and memberships to business and civic organizations are as numerous as the awards and recognitions she received throughout her life.