Anna Julia Cooper


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  • ''... peace produced by suppression is neither natural nor desirable.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).
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  • ''Life must be something more than dilettante speculation.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).
  • ''A race cannot be purified from without.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), African American educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892). Cooper was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to a slave and her white master, a lawyer. Later, she would say that her mother was "the finest woman I have ever known."
  • ''I constantly felt (as I suppose many an ambitious girl has felt) a thumping from within unanswered by any beckoning from without.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892). Of her frustration as a young student in a school offering inadequate intellectual stimulation. Cooper, the daughter of a former slave, would become a teacher and, at age 67, the fourth African American woman to earn a Ph.D. (at the University of Paris).
  • ''Nothing natural can be wholly unworthy.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).
  • ''If our vaunted "rule of the people" does not breed nobler men and women than monarchies have done—it must and will inevitably give place to something better.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).
  • ''With five to ten hundred pure-minded young women threading the streets of the village every evening unattended, vice must slink away, like frost before the rising sun ...''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892). On why the crime rate was low in Oberlin, Ohio, where coeducational Oberlin College was located.
  • ''Agnosticism has nothing to impart. Its sermons are the exhortations of one who convinces you he stands on nothing and urges you to stand there too.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).
  • ''The great, the fundamental need of any nation, any race, is for heroism, devotion, sacrifice; and there cannot be heroism, devotion, or sacrifice in a primarily skeptical spirit.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), African American educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).
  • ''... women are more quiet. They don't feel called to mount a barrel and harangue by the hour every time they imagine they have produced an idea.''
    Anna Julia Cooper (1859-1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892). Distinguishing between men and women of "mental attainment."

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