Historically, Black women have been fighting for civil rights through their blood, sweat, and tears. They are the structural foundation upon which the United States is built. Women like Sojourner Truth who were part of the Abolitionist Movement exhibited self- sacrifice and resilience during a time when they were slandered through a racist, sexist, and oppressive system. Take for example, slave owners raped many women and had control over Black women’s reproductive
The iconic design of the Stars and Stripes on the American flag has been a symbol of hope to every citizen in America since its making. Every time an American citizen sees these stars and stripes, they are reminded of their safe home in the United States of America. Every time a soldier sees the flag, they are reminded of what they are fighting for. They are fighting for the freedom that every citizen in the United States takes for granted, yet they still bravely fight for that freedom. As children, we were taught that Betsy Ross was the woman to thank for the flag that we see today. Betsy Ross was a seamstress for a living and she was not nationally known until George Washington himself came to her and asked her to make the first flag. At
New Brunswick, NJ., March 23, 2017 — The Rutgers Board of Governors selected actress and producer, Viola Davis, to be Rutgers University’s 2017 Commencement Speaker.
The seemingly endless battle for civil rights was one fought long and hard and during the 20th century a time of fruition occurred that allowed for concrete and tangible progress though the efforts of many, including key black intellectual revolutionaries. The call to freedom, and the fight for civil liberties to be bestowed upon people of color, who for hundreds of years were perceived as subordinate was happening. Change was fought through self-determination, and a burgeoning of powerful ideologies that laid the foundation for movement to be made.
Bethune was born the fifteenth child born of a family of slaves in July 10, 1875 in Mayesville, South Carolina and died in Daytona Beach ,Florida of a heart attack on May 18 ,1955. During her eighty years, she accomplished a number of things. Although best known for establishing the Daytona Education and Industrial School which later became the Bethune-Cookman College in 1904 in Daytona, Florida, Mary was a woman of many accomplishments who widely helped in giving blacks an education. She was an African- American civil rights leader who founded the National Council of Negro Women. She was a government official who had significant influence in Franklin D. Roosevelt’S New Deal Government.She was an educator who taught at Haines Institute in Augusta, Georgia in 1898 and later at the
In Mary Fisher’s speech, “1992 Republican National Convention Address,” given on August 19, 1992 in Houston, Texas she explained that having AIDS is not a reason to look at her differently or to look at other with eyes of judgment because over “two hundred thousand either are dead or dying from AIDS… a million more are infected” and there will be more in the years to come. As Fisher continues to appeal to the audiences sense of emotion by saying how she is a mother and married into a great and welcoming family that doesn’t discriminate against her because she has AIDS and she states that if you are safe from this disease you are not, you’re endanger, she wasn’t gay so she wasn’t in danger, she wasn’t a hemophiliac she wasn’t at risk, but that’s
Anna Howard Shaw uses a serious and persuasive tone in her speech to present her central idea that all citizens; men and women alike, should have the right to vote. Shaw believes that it is not fair to say that New York is a republic and not follow through with it completely. In the text Shaw says, “Now one of two things is true: either a Republic is a desirable form of government, or else it is not. If it is, then we should have it, if it is not then we ought not to pretend that we have it.” This statements shows that Shaw I very serious about the rights that a republican should have. She does not find it fair that only men are given the right opportunity to vote. Shaw’s tone is persuasive when she gives the definition of a republic to prove
Shirley Chisholm was the first African American woman elected to Congress. She became the first black woman to seek a major party nomination for the U.S. presidency. Chisholm helped place the African American culture in mainstream politics. In 1924, Chisholm spoke at the University of Missouri and emphasized a black woman's role in civil rights and the American culture.
One of the two speeches by Mary Elizabeth Lease was about how the government is being run by money and by the infamous Wall Street. That money has enslaved many people and that it has put many lives in peril. The second speech of the two speeches by Mary Elizabeth Lease was about how women and men are equal because it was given to the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. She writes many different examples showcasing the equality between the two genders. Mary then ends the second speech by incorporating biblical aspects.
Thousands of women have screamed at the top of their lungs, clawed at the patriarchy, and tirelessly fought for their rights as citizens of the United States of America. From the beginning of mankind, women have been labeled as inferior to men not only physically, but mentally and intellectually as well. Only in 1920 did women gain the right to voice their opinions in government elections while wealthy white men received the expected right since the creation of the United States. A pioneer in women’s suffrage, Susan B. Anthony publicly spoke out against this hypocrisy in a time when women were only seen as child bearers and household keepers. Using the United State’s very own Constitution and Declaration as ammunition, Anthony wrote countless
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was a educator and activist. Mary McLeod was Born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina. She was the last of seventeen children, and fortunately was born in freedom. When a school for black children opened the McLeod family had to make a decision. They only had enough money to send one child and McLeod was chosen. While being a exceptional student, her teacher, Emma Jane Wilson, recommended her to Scotia Seminary in North Carolina, a learning institution for Black girls. The McLeod family again did not have enough money to fund McLeod, though a Quaker teacher, Mary Chrissman, supported McLeod for the next fifty years. McLeod graduated from Scotia in 1894 and went on to Dwight Moody’s Institute for Home and
Whenever you drive down a highway and see a patch of wildflowers, there’s one woman you may want to thank: Lady Bird Johnson. It may come as no surprise that someone called Lady Bird would love the outdoors, but Lady Bird Johnson took her love to make the world a better place.
Killing two birds with one stone is exactly what Florence Kelley does in her speech at the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention on July 22, 1905. She argues against unfair child labor laws by utilizing emotional appeal, using rhetorical questions, and employing repetition. Kelley does this in order to convince her audience if women had the right to vote there would be better child labor laws.
Cecily Strong is a comedian of the famous and popular show Saturday Night Live on NBC. She often works with her coworkers to made fun of what happening in the world. As a comedian, many of her jokes fall into the category of dry sarcasm. So, it is important to take that into consideration when watching the speeches she gives. In in April of 2015, she gave a speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
With this scholarship Young Mary left her hometown and moved to Concord, North Carolina to Attend Scotia Seminary. Young Mary attended this school for seven years. She had two roommates Janie Shankle, Then later Abbie Greeley. Mary was apart of the chorus and debate team. She was Known as the “Bell ringer of Scotia” because of her punctuality ringing the schools bell. She later became president of the schools literacy society. Mary graduated from Scotia Seminary in 1894 at age nineteen. Mrs. Crisman agreed to keep financially supporting Mary when she was given a scholarship to the Dwight Moody Institute for Home and Foreign Missions in Chicago. Mary was the only african American student out of one-thousand students. Mary had a heart to become a missionary to Africa, and immediately started her training. Still nineteen years old, Mary finished her training at the bible Institute. After her training she applied to do missionary work in Africa but was denied. Although she was upset, she refused to give up and returned home to Mayesville, South Carolina and assisted her former teacher Miss. Wilson at the Mission School. When Mary Moved to Atlanta, Georgia she became a teacher at Haines Normal and Industrial School. Mary was later sent to the Kindell Institute in Sumter , South Carolina to teach and work in social services. The church she attended here is where she met her husband Mr. Albertus