Mollie Moon; National Urban League Guild President
Mollie Moon, 82, founder and full-time volunteer president of the National Urban League Guild that she founded in 1942 to raise money for Urban League programs that promote racial equality. The guild has grown to include 30,000 volunteers in 80 groups across the country. Mrs. Moon also worked to move black social events downtown from Harlem starting in 1948 when she--with the help of Winthrop Rockefeller--moved the guild’s prime fund-raiser to the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller’s name was on the invitations and helped break the color barrier. The annual Beaux-Arts Ball moved to the Waldorf-Astoria in 1965, where it has been since. In Long Island, N.Y., on Sunday of a heart attack.