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Faye Edwards Maor

Name: Faye Edwards Maor, the Center for Writing Studies and the Department of English.

Presentation Title: "Lifting Word by Word: Nineteenth Century African American Women Teaching"

Date: March 18, 2004


This presentation will highlight the lives, teaching ideologies and feminism of two 19th century African American women literacy workers. Frances Jackson Coppin was perhaps the first literacy worker to gain fame as a result of her teaching, particularly in the area of teacher training. Hallie Quinn Brown was an elocutionist extraordinaire who took the field of elocution and elevated it to a celebration of cultures and a tool for holistic learning. These women, although virtually unknown today, were not alone in their efforts during the 19th Century, and they have profoundly influenced notions of literacy, feminism and pedagogy for teachers today.