Lydia Flood Jackson

Lydia Flood Jackson after Matisse: The Yellow Dress, 2022, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 30 in.

Lydia Flood Jackson 1862 –1963

Lydia Flood Jackson fought for African American civil rights and was a champion of women’s rights. A native of Oakland, CA., she was an active clubwoman and first legislative chair of the California State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs.  

As a political activist, she traveled to Mexico, South America and the West Indies for lectures. Jackson wanted women to question their conventional roles and the limitations of societal norms and question white male supremacy. She supported herself by investing in real estate and creating a line of beauty products.

Black Past

CA state library

The making of Lydia Flood Jackson After Matisse: The Yellow Dress