She was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of actors and writers who met for lunch daily at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. The group’s members all became very well known for their contributions to literature and for their wit, although Parker put the group down in her later years as just being “a group of loudmouths, showing off.” In the 1930’s and 40’s she became increasingly involved in civil rights activism and when she died in 1967 at age 73, she bequeathed her estate to Dr. Martin Luther King.
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