Huntington, WV Black History

Cora L. Floyd

Community Activist

Cora L. Floyd was an activist who had a passion for community building and equality for all.

Floyd was the last living charter member of the Cabell-Huntington branch of the NAACP and served as the organization’s president. She also was a founding board member of Fairfield West Neighborhood Community Development, Inc., and served on the West Virginia Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Floyd served as a volunteer in the 1960s for the Fairfield Housing Development Corporation, an agency that trained young people, until the organized hired her. She also worked in the Action Center as the information coordinator and home visitation coordinator.

Floyd was honored by the National Black Business & Professional Women, Inc., and ran for the Cabell County Board of Education in 1976.

As a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Floyd served as president of the Women’s Missionary Society. She also sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, served as a deaconess and was an encourager of her faith.

Floyd’s daughter has written a children’s book titled, “Cinnamon Rolls and Rice Pudding” as a tribute to to sharing her mother’s principles as The Rev. Ronald English acknowledged:

C-compassionate commitment to community building
O-operating on optimistic options
R-realistic and religious reach for reconciliation
A-affirmative attitude for action and achievement

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