With Courage and Responsibility, We Look to the Future: Black Suffragist Voices

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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As part of the William H. Hannon Library's annual Women's Voices series, we will be hosting an evening of dramatic readings of voices from historical women. LMU students from the theatre department will perform the readings. This program will be streamed live.

Register here: https://lmula.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aXqu-WN3QgqDiuFVR7P6wA

In these times, when the burning awareness of African American suffering at the hands of the state forces us to act, we must look to the past to remember the long history of activists fighting to survive and thrive amidst harsh conditions. Only by speaking their truth, African American women such as Maria Stewart in the 1830s, Fannie Lou Hamer in the 1960s, and Bree Newsome Bass in the 2010s, put themselves in harm’s way and transformed the consciousness of the nation.

At this event,  we recognize the determination and work of Black women who fought for the right to vote. Women such as Sojourner Truth, Francis Ellen Watkin Harper, Anna Julia Cooper, and Mary Church Terrell asserted the humanity of their Black womanhood while chastising the American government for declaring itself a land of liberty while subjugating Black people with racist laws and unchecked social norms. In listening to the speeches of Black suffragettes, we thank these women for the lives we have today, and we honor their legacy by continuing to fight injustice wherever and whenever we encounter it.

Faculty Moderator: Jennifer Williams
Director: Daphnie Sicre


  • Maui Kai Malone (Sojourner Truth)
  • Kali Victor (Mary Eliza Church Terrell)
  • Raven Watson (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper)
  • Jaelyn Williams (Anna Julia Cooper)

About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.

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