By Audrey Thomas McCluskey
Emerging from the darkness of the slave period and Reconstruction, black activist ladies Lucy Craft Laney, Mary McLeod Bethune, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, and Nannie Helen Burroughs based colleges geared toward releasing African-American adolescence from deprived futures within the segregated and decidedly unequal South. From the past due 19th via mid-twentieth centuries, those members fought discrimination as individuals of a bigger move of black girls who uplifted destiny generations via a spotlight on schooling, social carrier, and cultural transformation. Born loose, yet with the shadow of the slave previous nonetheless implanted of their cognizance, Laney, Bethune, Brown, and Burroughs outfitted off each one other’s successes and discovered from every one other’s struggles as directors, teachers, and suffragists. Drawing from the women’s personal letters and writings approximately academic equipment and from remembrances of surviving scholars, Audrey Thomas McCluskey finds the pivotal importance of this sisterhood’s legacy for later generations and for the establishment of schooling itself.
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We] reach indirectly about 1800 young people; but, oh, large as this number seems, it is small when we think of the many hundreds to whom scarcely a ray of light has yet come! 16 What comes across in Laney’s report to the board is the delicate diplomacy that she mastered to remain in good standing in a southern city by cultivating white allies on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. She took advantage of Augusta’s strategic location as either a destination or a stopover for wealthy white northerners en route to their winter vacation homes in Florida or on the Georgia coast.
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