About Charlotte Maxeke 

Charlotte Makgomo Mannya-Maxeke was born April 1871 in Fort Beaufort (Eastern Cape) to Ann Manci and John Kgope Mannya from Botlokwa in Limpopo.

  • She was the first black South African  woman to graduate with a University degree, obtaining a BSC Degree at Wilberforce University Ohio USA in 1901.
  • One of her teachers at Wilberforce was Dr. W.E.B Du Bois, who then wrote a foreword on her biography by Dr. A.B Xuma. 
  • First woman to participate in the Kings Courts under King Sabata Dalindyebo of AbaThembu and they started a school under this Royal Family. 
  • She was part of the early leadership of Wilberforce College in Evaton, Gauteng in 1908 (Wilberforce Institute)
  • She was the only woman that attended the first (African National Congress) ANC conference in 1912 and made contributions.
  • Initiator, Organizer and the first President of Bantu Women’s League in 1918