Anna Julia Cooper

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Anna Julia Cooper Zandra Owens November 23, 2009 SOC 480-D1/ Sociological Seminar Fayetteville State University Abstract Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1859-1964) was one of the most influential African-American educators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As an activist, author, and scholar, she dedicated her entire life to the education and empowerment of African-American youth and adults. Her commitment and passionate belief in the power of education as a vehicle to social, economic, and political freedom was a driving force in her life. As an author and feminist, Cooper wrote A Voice from the South in 1892. This book consists of a collection of essays that reflects a Black feminist analysis…show more content…
During 1930 and in her seventies, Cooper became the second president of the Frelingshuysen University. At times classes were even held in her home. She retired from Frelingshuysen in 1942, but continued to write on slavery, education, and other topics. Anna Cooper’s Philosophy Throughout a life that stretched from slavery into her civil rights movement, Anna Julia Cooper defended the rights of all people to dignity, education, and respect. As an educated, competent, independent woman, she faced the double challenge of being African American and female in a society that was deeply racist and sexist, but with confidence and elegance, she challenged society’s assumptions about her. Her life was dedicated to the education of all people, but especially to taking care of the minds of black girls. “Throughout her activist adherence to her ideals, she provided an example of individual excellence rendered incandescent by service to the human community” (Berson, 1994). In Cooper’s universe, every right was based on responsibility. The opportunities that she sought for black girls and boys would provide them with better tools with which to serve their people. “Ultimately, her proud, demanding feminism offered to black men a stronger comrade in a partnership struggling to improve the lives of all African Americans” (Berson, 1994). Although her life was privileged in relation to those of the
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