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Sunday Inspiration: Anna Julia Cooper on Stillness

May 3rd, 2009 by Ajuan Mance

One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God.

— Anna Julia Cooper, “The Status of Woman in American” (1892).


Anna Julia Cooper (1858 – 1964) was a scholar, writer, educator, and activist. Her mother was an enslaved Black woman named Hannah Stanley Haywood, and her father was Haywood’s owner.  In 1925, at the age of 67, Cooper became the fourth African American woman to earn a PhD., when she completed her doctorate at the University of Paris (Sorbonne).

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Posted in Academia, African Americans, Anna Julia Cooper, Black Colleges, Black History

3 Responses

  1. Villager

    You continue to uplift our spirits with these stories.

    My Sunday Inspiration is up as well…

    peace, Villager

  2. SerenityLife

    I recently read that there is going to be an Anna Julia Cooper Stamp which will be available I think in June or probably now. I need to check.

    Like the Villager said thank you to lift up our spirits.

    Info here that I read about the stamp,%202009

  3. Ajuan Mance

    Villager, thank you for your support. Your blog continues to be a role model for me and so many others. I look forward to checking out your Sunday Inspiration.

    SerenityLife, thanks for dropping by my blog; and thanks as well for the information about the Anna Julia Cooper stamp. I definitely be on the lookout for it! Hope today is the beginning of a wonderful week.

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