9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know

Frances E.W. Harper
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Born in 1854, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper began a notable wordsmith, known for her poetry, speeches and other writings on abolition and women's suffrage. In addition to becoming a well-traveled speaker and poet, Harper was also a leader among a number of activist organizations. During the late 1800s, she headed up the Women's Christian Temperance Union (1883 to 1890), the American Association of Educated Colored Youth (1894) and the National Association of Colored Women (1897).