ANNA J. COOPER #100travelHERS
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Birth: August 10, 1858; Raleigh, North Carolina (born into slavery)
Death: February 27, 1964 (age 105); Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Author, teacher, university president, public speaker, activist
Notable journeys: In 1900, gave a speech called “The Negro Problem in America” at the first Pan-African Conference in London. Obtained a PhD from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, making her one of a handful of African Americans to hold an advanced degree at the time.
Notable work: A Voice from The South
Quote: On the U.S. passport: “The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class – it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.”