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What It Means to be Colored in Capital of the U.S. (1906)locked


Though a member of the black upper class in Memphis, the educator Mary Church Terrell (1863–1954) found a new purpose as an activist following the lynching of a childhood friend. After that terrible experience, Terrell worked as a tireless advocate of women’s suffrage and integration, producing articles, giving speeches, and joining in protest marches well into her 80s. The crowning achievement of her career came with her role in the 1950 Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. John Thompson an anti discrimination suit filed against a Washington restaurant This accomplishment is impressive when compared with the content a speech that Terrell gave in that same city over forty years earlier reproduced below Speaking at the United Women s Club on 10 October 1906 Terrell describes the daily indignities experienced by the black community in this so called Colored Man s Paradise and issues a challenge to American citizens ...

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