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 faculties geared toward releasing African-American adolescence from deprived futures within the segregated and decidedly unequal South. From the overdue 19th via mid-twentieth centuries, those members fought discrimination as contributors of a bigger stream 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 recognition, Laney, Bethune, Brown, and Burroughs equipped off each one other’s successes and realized from every one other’s struggles as directors, academics, and suffragists. Drawing from the women’s personal letters and writings approximately academic tools and from remembrances of surviving scholars, Audrey Thomas McCluskey unearths the pivotal importance of this sisterhood’s legacy for later generations and for the establishment of schooling itself.
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She continued: We know the history; we think a correct diagnosis has often been made—let us attempt a cure. We would prescribe: homes—better homes, clean homes, pure homes; schools—better schools; more culture; more thrift; and work in large doses; put the patient at once on this treatment and continue through life. Can woman do this work? She can; and she must do her part, and her part is by no means small. 37 Laney’s views reflected Victorian notions of a vital motherhood in which the woman’s role was to be at the center of family life and the arbiter of social acceptance and female empowerment.
Com; Lucy C. aspx. The museum is located in Laney’s restored home. The Lucy C. Laney High School is located on Walker-Laney Boulevard in Augusta (10 September 2010). 2. htm (10 September 2010). 3. “Lucy Laney’s Death Brings Messages of Sympathy,” Augusta Chronicle, 5 November 1933; “Thousands Attend Funeral Services for Lucy C. Laney,” Augusta Chronicle, 29 October 1933. 4. “Lucy Laney’s Death Brings Many Messages of Sympathy,” Augusta Chronicle (5 November 1933): 5(A). 5. Augusta Chronicle, 5 November 1933.
29. “Miss Laney’s Address,” 1903. 30. Anne Kendall, “Lucy Craft Laney” (research paper), Lucy Laney File (Atlanta University Center Library, 1972): 1–10. 31. Laney suffered from several ailments, including nephritis, a serious kidney condition, that were all made worse by her constant travelling to raise funds for Haines, as well as her teaching and administrative duties. 32. Haines Institute, “Golden Jubilee,” program booklet, 1934, Lucy Craft Laney vertical file, Reese Library, Augusta College and Richmond County Historical Society.
A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South by Audrey Thomas McCluskey