Hallie Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to former slaves Thomas Arthur Brown and Frances Jane Scroggins Brown. She graduated from Wilberforce University in 1873 becoming a prominent educator and activist for civil rights and women s rights She held several positions in institutions of higher learning ...
Alonford James Robinson
Lisa E. Rivo
elocutionist, educator, women's and civil rights leader, and writer, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Thomas Arthur Brown, a riverboat steward and express agent, and Frances Jane Scroggins, an educated woman who served as an unofficial adviser to the students of Wilberforce University. Thomas Brown was born into slavery in Frederick County, Maryland, the son of a Scottish woman plantation owner and her black overseer. Brown purchased his freedom and that of his sister, brother, and father. By the time of the Civil War, he had amassed a sizable amount of real estate. Hallie's mother, Frances, was also born a slave, the child of her white owner. She was eventually freed by her white grandfather, a former officer in the American Revolution.
Both of Hallie's parents became active in the Underground Railroad. Around 1864 the Browns and their six children moved to Chatham Ontario where ...
Vivian Njeri Fisher
Brown proclaimed, “Full citizenship must be given the colored woman because she needs the ballot for her protection and that of her children.” Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fifth of six children of Thomas Arthur Brown and Frances (Scroggins) Brown. A former slave from Frederick County, Maryland, Thomas Brown had purchased his freedom in 1834. Frances Brown, a native of Winchester County, Virginia, was freed by her white grandfather, who was her owner and an officer in the American Revolution. When Hallie was born, her father was a riverboat steward and express agent, traveling from Pittsburgh, where he owned a considerable amount of real estate prior to the Civil War, and worked actively with the Underground Railroad in assisting fugitive slaves to freedom.
Thomas Brown moved his family to Chatham, Ontario, in 1864 because of his wife s poor health and to begin farming ...
Carl A. Wade
playwright, drama critic, actress, and elocution teacher, was born in the British West Indian territory of Nevis, the eldest of the five daughters of Robert Spence, a planter, and Eno Anna Spence (née Lake), both natives of neighboring British colonies. The family migrated to the United States in 1901 following a hurricane that devastated the island's sugar industry and settled in New York City where Robert, like many black Caribbean immigrants of that era, experienced great hardship finding suitable employment. After high school, Eulalie attended the Normal Department of New York Training School for Teachers, and in 1914 started her career as a schoolteacher. The 1920 federal census found her living in Manhattan with her now widowed mother, and her four siblings.
Although her first production, Being Forty, appeared as early as 1924 Spence s entry into the theater arts began in earnest ...