Angela Weld Grimke: Agent of Change

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“We know it matters not what we have been, but this and always this: what we shall be.” This quote by Angela Weld Grimke herself explains how important her future was to her. She was defiantly the kind of person who wanted to change the world and the opinions of people to make a change for the better. She also knew there were ways to improve herself, and this was something she would strive for in her everyday life. Angelina Weld Grimke was the first African American make it big in theater. From her magnificent plays to her great poetry that was published, Grimke changed the theater world in ways the common person would not even realize. With her hard work and determination to be as educated as possible, she achieved standards in…show more content…
Rachel herself is a child that wishes to someday be a loving caring mother. The whole play itself is a social protest against racial violence and lynching of African Americans. It was first performed in Washington DC in the year 1916. This first play was also known as “The first successful drama written by a Negro and interpreted by Negro actors.” (Locke and Gregory). At the time it was also admired by some critics for its dramaturgical skills. Surprisingly, now days, there has been hardly any criticism. This may be due to the play itself still being unfamiliar to so many and the fact that Grimke’s dramatic writing style is just not what people read these days, it is somewhat outdated. Grimke did not mind any of the criticism she got, she just learned to take the good with the bad. Although she had written a large number of plays sadly they did not become widely popular until after her death. Overall Grimke’s impact on the theater world was not as significant as most, but considering she was in a minority group and at the time it was very hard for minority groups to become widely popular, she did have a profound impact on African Americans, and helped the white society realize the discrimination colored people had to put up with for the last century. Her writing had helped change the minds of those who would discriminate minorities especially African Americans and women. In the end just like in her quote, she met her

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