"Our Raison D'être" From A Voice From the South - 1892

A pioneer of Intersectional Feminism and only the fourth Black woman to receive a PhD, Anna Julia Cooper was an educator turned activist who refused to let Black Women’s Voices die in the movement for liberation. In “Our Raison D’être” from her feminist manifesto A Voice From the South Cooper outlines the need for Black Women to tell their own story; a story that is, to this day, unique from that of Black Men.

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"How the Sisters are Hindered From Helping" -1900

The speech that sparked a movement! Read in her own words, Nannie Helen Burroughs calling for the National Baptist Convention to included women in its mission. This speech led to the founding of the National Baptist Women’s Convention that grew to be the largest African American Women’s organization with 1.5 millions members.

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Juneteenth

The start of the longest running freedom celebration in the United States was on June 19th 1865. General Granger’s order No. 3 was read to the enslaved people of Texas, the last to learn of their freedom, over two years after the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. Read the general’s orders here as the slaves heard them over 150 years ago in this primary source document.

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