Teacher started own school and movement after denied job for being "too Black"

Published February 28, 2021


An article in The Washington Post quoted Jenifer Barclay about Nannie Helen Burroughs, a teacher discriminated because she was Black. “The history of women’s suffrage has been frequently ‘whitewashed,’ ”according to Barclay. “But many of the women leading the charge for suffrage came from Black communities and communities of color, even if they were often ostracized by White, segregationist activists,” the article stated. “[Burroughs] saw [suffrage] as a weapon not just to engage politically but as a way for women to protect themselves,” Barclay said. 


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