Black History

Black History Month “African Americans and the Vote”

Dr. Rebecca Davis Crumpler Dr. Rebecca Davis Crumpler (1831-1895): In Newcastle and Wilmington Delaware she served as a physician and teacher with the Freedman’s Bureau to provide medical care to freed slaves who were denied treatment by white physicians. She was subject to “intense racism” by both the administration and other physicians: “men doctors snubbed her… more

READ MORE from Milestone Documents [Washington, DC: The National Archives and Records Administration, 1995] pp. 61-63.)

Josephene St Pierre RuffinJosephine St. Pierre Ruffin (1842-1924) – Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin was an African-American publisher, journalist, civil rights leader, suffragist, and editor of the Women’s Era, the first national newspaper published by and for African-American women. The Women’s Era Newspaper promoted interracial activities and called on black women to demand increased rights for their race… more

Ella Josephine BakerElla Josephine Baker (1903-1986) Two thousand twenty marks the 150th Anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) which gave the right of black men to vote following the Civil War.  This year’s Black History Month theme recognizes the struggle for voting rights among both black men and women throughout American history…. that impact our lives.  To be counted, we must be heard…. more