As you look through the memorabilia in your home and community, here are things you can look for, searching for information about women prior to 1930:
- Letters, journals, and photographs of African American women, particularly leaders in the church, school, or community;
- Newsletters and meeting notices published by African American Women’s Clubs;
- The archives of Historic Black Churches and newsletters published, especially if there was a Woman’s Council or Auxiliary;
- Family stories passed down about women’s voting experiences in the 1920s.
Here are examples of the these things:
“Votes for Women: A Symposium by Leading Thinkers of Colored America,” The Crisis, published by the NAACP, New York, (August 1915), pp 178-192.
Leaders urge women to get informed on issues such as:
- civic studies
- education issues
Image source: Tennessee State Library and Archives
- women’s rights,
- and racial uplift.
This book was written by Mrs. N. F. Mossell in 1894 with an introduction by Benjamin F. Lee, D.D., Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Every photograph tells a story. Look through old photographs, letters, and journals of African American women, particularly leaders in the church, school, or community.