Ruth Apilado (born Ruth Mosselle Mays; April 30, 1908) is an American newspaper editor, novelist, anti-racism activist, and founder of America's Intercultural Magazine.[1]

Early life and careerEdit

Apilado was born on April 30, 1908, in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were Stewart and Clara Mays.[2]

Apilado became a teacher in 1928, after graduating from Chicago State University.[3] She began her journalistic career in 1942, when she briefly worked as an editor for the newly-created Negro Youth Photo Scripts Magazine.[4] In 1950, Apilado published a novel called The Joneses.[5] In 1945, she wrote a letter to the editor expressing her criticism of Richard Wright's memoir Black Boy, stating that it was an inaccurate depiction of the typical childhood of African-Americans.[6]

After retiring from teaching in 1973, Apilado founded America's Intercultural Magazine (AIM), a quarterly-published journal that set out to "bridge the gap between races, cultures, and religions."[7] Already in 1948, an initiative of creating such a journal (called Freedom Press) took place, when she requested the newspaper Berkeley Daily Gazette to assist her and her associates with marketing.[8] Her anti-racism stance was reflected in the editorials that she wrote; for example, she praised the activist and church leader Willa Saunders Jones in 1975.[9] On June 16, 1990, she participated as a panelist at a writers' conference in Elgin Community College in Illinois.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Apilado's husband was Filipino-American Inosencio Apilado. Their son, Myron Apilado, was the vice-president for minority affaris of University of Washington until the year 2000, as well as an editor of AIM.[11] On August 26, 2004, at age 96, she was interviewed by Larry Crowe of The History Makers, a project that produces oral history material of African-Americans.[2] She was 110 years old as of December 19, 2018.[12]


  1. ^ "Cygan: Citizens should voice resolutions for our new government". Sudbury Town Crier. January 16, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The HistoryMakers video oral history with Ruth Apilado [electronic resource]". University of Pennsylvania. August 26, 2004. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "$10 gives start to library for negro children". Chicago Tribune. April 14, 1940. p. 13. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Negro Youth Magazine Attracts Attention". The Weekly Review. May 29, 1942. p. 2. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Joneses Wins Award" (PDF). The Herald. August 3, 1950. p. 26. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  6. ^ Fielder, Brigitte; Senchyne, Jonathan (May 14, 2019). Against a Sharp White Background: Infrastructures of African American Print. University of Wisconsin. pp. 87–90. ISBN 0299321509. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  7. ^ McNif, Marni (December 1, 2007). The Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers 2008. Writer's Institute Publications. ISBN 1889715395. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  8. ^ "Personal Opinion". Berkeley Daily Gazette. April 17, 1948. p. 6. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  9. ^ Hallstoos, Brian James (December 2009). Windy city, holy land: Willa Saunders Jones and black sacred music and drama. University of Iowa. p. 14. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  10. ^ "Writers' conference". Daily Herald. May 24, 1990. p. 113. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  11. ^ "UW vice president for minority affairs to step down". University of Washington. February 14, 2000. Retrieved November 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Jordan, William Chester (April 9, 2019). The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX. Princeton University Press. p. 4. Retrieved November 30, 2019.