Black Womens Suffrage Archives

African American Suffragists (Week 4)

March 3, 2022

MARY CHURCH TERRELL (1863-1954) The final African American Suffragist highlighted this month will be Mary Church Terrell, known to be the first to earn a college degree. According to Black Women’s Suffragists(1) racial justice and women’s suffrage activist Mary Church Terrell was born in 1863 in Memphis, TN, to formerly enslaved parents. Her family was… [Read More]

African American Suffragists (Week 3)

February 24, 2022

IDA B. WELLS BARNETT (1862-1931) Suffragist Ida B. Wells Barnett is in the spotlight for this week. The Black Women’s Suffrage(1) indicates pioneering investigative journalist, civil rights activist, suffragist and feminist Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born enslaved in Holly Springs, MS, in July 1862 during the American Civil War. When the war ended and the… [Read More]

African American Suffragists (Week 2)

February 17, 2022

CHARLOTTE VANDINE FORTEN (1785-1884) In honor of African American Suffragists, this week let’s look at Charlotte Vandine Forten (1785-1884) who set the stage for Women Abolitionists. Charlotte Vandine Forten was the matriarch of a financially well-off and prominent Black family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Forten’s husband, James, was a sailmaker. Her daughters, Margaretta Forten, Sarah Louise… [Read More]

African American Suffragists (Week I)

February 10, 2022

In 1925, Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History conceived and announced Negro History Week to be celebrated during a week in February; the celebration was expanded to a month in 1976. In a speech on the Observance of Black History Month on February 10, 1976, President Gerald… [Read More]