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Recognition Delayed: The Contributions of African American Suffragists and Why Their Stories Matter

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Forgotten Suffragists
by Jacqueline Kirley, Working Women’s History Project (https://wwhpchicago.org)

Test yourself: how many of these names do you recognize?

Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Forten Purvis, Maria L. Baldwin , Sarah Redmond, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Adele Hunt Logan, Mary B. Talbert

If you knew any names other than Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, congratulate yourself. You are likely one of the few who recognizes African American suffragists. If you didn’t, don’t feel too bad. They and their stories are hardly known.

WWHP is coordinating with the Chicago branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and with the Vivian G. Harsh Society (http://harshsociety.org/) to bring a program to Chicago to address this gap in our knowledge.

“Recognition Delayed: The Contributions of African American Suffragists and Why Their Stories Matter” will take place on Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:30pm at the Daley Library, UIC, 1st floor, 801 S. Morgan Street in Chicago.

The event is wheelchair accessible, free, but with limited seating. Registration is required:

The program will include a lecture on African American suffragists by historian Marcia Walker-McWilliams, author of Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality. The lecture will be followed by a panel that explores connections between our suffrage history, the women’s movement, and social activism. Historian Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Associate Professor of History at UIC, who wrote A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s, will moderate the panel.

We are fortunate to have veteran activist, Betty Magness, Illinois Political Director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition as a panelist, along with 3 younger activists: Asiaha Butler, co-founder and president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E); Ibie Hart, Woman’s Business Development Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; and Anne Jamieson, President, League of Women Voters of Chicago.

Attendees will enjoy refreshments at the beginning and end of the program as they visit staffed tables of Chicago organizations devoted to voter registration and civic engagement.

More information on the above-mentioned African American suffragists is included in Roslyn Terborg-Penn’s book, African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 (1998).


March 8
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Working Women’s History Project
Vivian G. Harsh Society


Richard J Daley Library, UIC
801 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607 United States
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