Artishia W. Jordan


August 12, 1901- February 7, 1974

Mrs. Artishia W. Jordan was an educator and civic leader. She was also a leader in the A.M.E. Church and a supporter of civil rights. Artishia Jordan graduated from Howard University in 1922 where she was active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the French Club, the Kentucky Club, and the Howard chapter of the YWCA. She continued graduate work at Northwestern University and University of Chicago. She earned her master's degree in mathematics at the University of California in 1924. Artishia Jordan organized the A.M.E. Minister's Wives Alliance of the Los Angeles vicinity. She was elected to the executive council of Southern California Council of Church Women, served as president of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Council of Negro Women, and was a member of the Committee of Management of the Woodlawn YWCA. Mrs. Jordan was affiliated with the Sojourner Truth Home and the NAACP. She was the first African American director of the Los Angeles Chapter of American Mission to Lepers, was a contributing editor of the Afro-American Woman's Journal and was editor of the Women's Missionary Recorder from 1940 to 1944. Mrs. Jordan was an educator; she taught math at Central High School in Louisville, KY and also taught at Western College. Artishia Jordan and her husband, Bishop F. D. Jordan, made several trips to South Africa during the 1950s visiting A.M.E. Churches there. This experience equipped her to author a book entitled "The African Methodist Episcopal Church in Africa."