Literary Birthday – 27 February – Angelina Weld Grimké

Angelina Weld Grimké was born 27 February 1880, and died 10 June 1958.

Seven Quotes

  1. The South has incorporated slavery into religion; that is the most fearful thing in this rebellion. They are fighting, verily believing that they are doing God service.
  2. I recognise no rights but human rights.
  3. I have not placed reading before praying because I regard it more important, but because, in order to pray aright, we must understand what we are praying for.
  4. Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the coloured man’s wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
  5. Can you not see that women could do and would do a hundred times more for the slave, if she were not fettered?
  6. I am a mystery to myself.
  7. I trust the time is coming, when the occupation of an instructor to children will be deemed the most honourable of human employment.

Angelina Weld Grimké was an African-American journalist, teacher, playwright, and poet. Part of the Harlem Renaissance, she was one of the first African-American women to have a play publicly performed. She wrote An Appeal to the Christian Women of the South.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 27th February 2015