Mary Church Terrell was one of the first African-American women to earn a college degree, and became known as a national activist for civil rights and suffrage.
Foreword, Debra Newman Ham
A rich life, full of unforgettable moments, this memoir reflects on the long life of Mary Church Terrell, an accomplished educator and activist who witnessed the momentous events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As the first president of the National Association of Colored Women, Terrell’s voice carried significant weight. This book offers a down-to-earth account of her long life in the United States during periods of major political struggles and social transformations, including arenas such as formal education, European culture in the 1890s, and American race politics. Terrell’s views and statements yield original ideas on women’s suffrage and civil rights, access to education, and struggles for black emancipation. This is a crucial and necessary text to complement our expanding recovery and understanding of the role of key black women leaders and the movements of which they were a part.