Who is Frances Ellen Watkins HarperFrances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825 – February 22, 1911) was an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. The topics she wrote and spoke about include: "enslavement and abolitionism, human rights and dignity, women's rights and equality, racial and social justice, lynching and mob violence, voting rights, moral character, racial self-help and uplift, and multiracial cooperation for common good." She was active in social reform and was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which advocated the federal government taking a role in progressive reform. She is considered "the mother of African-American journalism."
Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, she had a long and prolific career, publishing her first bo...
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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Poems
- A Rallying Cry
Oh, children of the tropics,
Amid our pain and wrong
Have you no other mission
Than music, dance, and song? ...
- He "had Not Where To Lay His Head."
The conies had their hiding-place,
The wily fox with stealthy tread
A covert found, but Christ, the Lord,
Had not a place to lay his head. ...
- The Refiner's Gold.
He stood before my heart's closed door,
And asked to enter in;
But I had barred the passage o'er
By unbelief and sin. ...
- Our Hero.
Onward to her destination,
O'er the stream the Hannah sped,
When a cry of consternation
Smote and chilled our hearts with dread. ...
- The Crocuses.
They heard the South wind sighing
A murmur of the rain;
And they knew that Earth was longing
To see them all again. ...
Top 10 most used topics by Frances Ellen Watkins HarperLife 57 Light 52 Heart 48 Bright 44 I Love You 40 Love 40 God 37 Death 33 Earth 30 Away 29
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- Heymichsi: bet not hear anything about anthony’s suffragette movement in connection w/ kamala. they didn’t like or care to rep black women at all. praise these women instead. frances ellen watkins harper mary ann shadd cary mary church terrell nannie helen burroughs ida b. wells
- Freeblckthought: 2/x "songs for the people" by frances ellen watkins harper: let me make the songs for the people, songs for the old and young; songs to stir like a battle-cry wherever they are sung.
- Freeblckthought: 1/x whether you voted for biden/harris or not, we hope you'll celebrate inauguration day with us with a poem of hope by frances ellen watkins harper (1825-1911), a black poet, abolitionist, suffragist, and co-founder of the national association of colored women’s clubs.
- Tallulahb2012: “give power and significance to your life.” – frances ellen watkins harper
- Yasmine4thecity: how did women obtain the right to vote? it wasn’t just the women’s suffrage movement. much of the organizational work was pioneered by black women before white women began their suffrage work. frances ellen watkins harper pushed to include black women in the fight for suffrage.