Saturday, December 6, 2008

Anna Julia Cooper

She was born into slavery in 1858 where it reached its final years. She was considered to be more well off than most African Americans at that time, yet her life endured the same obstacles and struggles. At the age of nine, she enrolled in St. Augustine's Normal School and Collegiate Institute for free Blacks. She received a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Oberlin College, and then pursued teaching at the only black highschool in Washingston. Cooper finally received her doctorate, from the University of Paris, thereby becoming the fourth African-American woman to receive that degree.
Cooper's first book "A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South" was released to the public, it was declared the first work of an African-American feminist.
Cooper died of an heart attack on February 27, 1964 at the age of 105 in Washington, D.C.