Women’s History ~ Hallie Q Brown


Hallie Q Brown


Hallie Q Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 10, 1850, one of the six children born to her parents who were both former slaves. Ms Brown became an educator, school administrator, lecturer, author, suffragist, temperance advocate, church leader and activist. She graduated from Wilberforce University in 1873, campaigned for woman suffrage and against lynching, taught public speaking to hundreds of young black people, participated in the International Congress of Women in London in 1899, twice had an audience with Queen Victoria, lectured in many parts of Europe about African American life in the United States with a frequent focus on black music and poetry, and was a leader in the formation of women’s clubs for black women. Ms Brown died on September 16, 1949 in Wilberforce, Ohio.

For more about her life and work, see her books: Bits and Odds: a Choice Selection of Recitations (1880); Elocution and Physical Culture (1910); Our Women: Past, Present and Future (1925); Tales My Father Told and Other Stories (1925); Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction (1926); Pen Pictures of Pioneers of Wilberforce (1937).

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In addition, see: Lifting as They Climb (1933) by Elizabeth Lindsay Davis; Reconstructing Womanhood: the Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (1987) by Hazel V Carby; Great African American Women (1999) by Darryl Lyman; Activist Rhetorics and American Higher Education, 1885– 1937 (2001) by Susan Kates; Black Pioneers in Communication Research (2006) by Ronald L Jackson.

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