Disobedient Women: Angelina Grimké, Virginia Foster Durr, & the Pursuit of Equality

Presented by Mollie Smith Waters, a professor of composition, literature, theater, and speech at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Greenville.

Two reformers for equality who are almost wholly unknown today are Angelina Grimké and Virginia Foster Durr. Southern born and bred, both —Grimké and Durr denounced established protocol and became advocates in the causes that mattered most to them. In the 1800s, Grimké became an outspoken and controversial abolitionist; she promoted women’s rights as well. Almost 100 years later, Durr became a proponent for ending the poll tax in America. Although women could vote by Durr’s time, not many were eligible due to the limitations the poll tax placed on poor whites, women, and blacks. Not only did Durr help end the poll tax, she was a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, Grimké and Durr are often overshadowed by the primary leaders in their prospective movements; their sacrifices and contributions to their causes are overlooked or forgotten altogether. Because people today only know the “big names” associated with abolition and civil rights, they know just a small part of America’s history. The presentation “Disobedient Women: Angelina Grimke, Virginia Foster Durr, & the Pursuit of Equality” will begin to rectify that oversight and bring awareness of these great women and their contributions to America.

Speaker requests an overhead projector and screen if available. If the audience is large, speaker requests a microphone.

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