Shumeyko, Stephen

Shumeyko, Stephen [Шумейко, Степан; Šumejko, Stepan], b 17 January 1908 in Newark, New Jersey, d 12 August 1962 in New York. Editor and community leader. After graduating in law (1931) he joined the staff of Svoboda and served as the first editor (1933–58) of the Ukrainian National Association’s The Ukrainian Weekly. He was a founder and the first president of the Ukrainian Youth League of North America (1933–6). As president of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (1944–9) he promoted the cause of Ukraine’s independence at the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco. He also served as general secretary of the Pan-American Ukrainian Conference. His writings include Ukrainian National Movement (1939) and translations of Panteleimon Kulish’s Chorna rada (The Black Council) and other works of Ukrainian literature.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 4 (1993).]

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