Discovering New York suffrage stories

Published February 7, 2021

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WNED/PBS featured insights from Lillian Williams in a documentary on the events and women in New York who contributed to the women’s rights movement. "Discovering New York Suffrage Stories" introduces the audience to figures including activist Mary Burnett Talbert, whose life and work Williams has researched extensively. ​“African American women had been involved in the movement from the early days when they founded literary clubs, like in Buffalo, in the 1830s and 1840s,” said Williams, associate professor of Africana and American Studies. “Suffrage was always on the agenda. How can we improve the lives of our people?” Williams also participated in a WNED panel discussion, and was featured in bonus video content including a piece reflecting on her inspiration behind becoming a historian, activist and educator.

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