Mary Church Terrell: The Face of African American Women’s Suffrage Activism

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:00pm to 8:15pm

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Born into slavery during the Civil War, Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) would become one of the most prominent activists of her time, with a career bridging the late 19th century to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s. The first president of the National Association of Colored Women and a founding member of the NAACP, Terrell collaborated closely with the likes of Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, and W. E. B. DuBois.

In this special program, researcher, author, and professor Alison M. Parker will discuss her book, Unceasing Militant: The Life of Mary Church Terrell, the first full-length biography of Terrell that brings her vibrant voice, personality, and public activism to life. Following this powerful presentation, Parker and distinguished University women will discuss the important role Black women have played in changing the culture and institutions that have perpetuated inequality throughout the United States, the challenges and repercussions they encounter, and the profound resilience they possess in the face of adversity.

The panel includes:

June Hwang, PhD | Moderator
Director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, University of Rochester

Tiffany Taylor Smith ’91
Co-chair, University of Rochester Women’s Network
Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Dayton

Anansa Benbow '15
Co-chair, University of Rochester Black Alumni Network (Mentoring & Career Networking Committee)

Brianna Theobald
Assistant Professor of History, University of Rochester

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Presented by the Black Alumni Network and the Women’s Network, in partnership with Susan B. Anthony Center, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African American Studiesand the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. 

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