In 1940 Sue Bailey Thurman (1903–1996) was the founder-editor of Aframerican Women’s Journal, the first published organ of the National Council of Negro Women. (The title of the journal was changed to Women United in 1949.) Its purpose was to inform black women about major women’s issues, legislation that affected them and blacks in general, to highlight women’s accomplishments, and to report the projected work of the NCNW. Thurman also founded and was first chairperson of the council’s library, archives, and museum department. The pioneering activist and wife of theologian Howard Thurman died in her sleep at a hospice in San Francisco, at age ninety-three.