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Anna Julia Cooper

Cooper, Anna Julia (1858–1964), educator, scholar, writer, feminist, and activist.

Fourth African American woman to recieve a PhD, born in Raleigh, NC in 1858, was enslaved at birth.

Cooper received her diploma from the University of Paris in 1924 when she was sixty-six years old. Because Cooper strongly believed that women, particularly black women, deserved access to higher education, she spoke freely on their behalf. As an activist, she advocated for social change through her writings, all the while serving as a foster mother to seven children, teaching high school full-time, and working in a leadership role for social justice. In 1892, a collection of her essays, letters, and speeches were was published as A Voice From The South And Other Important Essays, Papers, and Letters. Copper was 106 years old when she died in 1964. She was buried alongside her husband in Raleigh, North Carolina.


“One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God.”


“The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class-it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity.”


“Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.”

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