9 African-American Suffragists You Should Know


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Anna Julia Cooper
Courtesy: Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School

In 1893, scholar, educator and activist Anna Julia Cooper addressed the mostly white crowd at the World's Congress of Representative Women: "I speak for the colored women of the South, because it is there that the millions of blacks in this country have watered the soil with blood and tears, and it is there too that the colored woman of America has made her characteristic history and there her destiny is evolving." Cooper's biography is even more remarkable considering she was born into slavery in North Carolina in 1858 and eventually went on to obtain a PhD at the University of Paris.