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Black History Month
Anna Murray Douglass

The enigmatic first wife of Frederick Douglass, Anna Murray Douglass (1813 – 1822) has been misunderstood and misrepresented by historians as well as by her husband’s associates since he first rose to fame in 1842. Her early life, including her birth, family and parentage, remain thinly documented.

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Women and Literature: Lorraine Hansberry

In this article from Black Women in America 2nd Edition, Margaret B. Winkerson looks at the life and works of Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun.

Lorraine Hansberry (b. 19 May 1930; d. 12 January 1965), playwright.

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Women and literature: Zora Neale Hurston

Susan Butterworth discusses the life and legacy of Zora Neale Hurston. A vibrant figure of the Harlem Renaissance, a fertile interpreter of black folklore, and a lyrical writer – Hurston had a fascinating career. By the time of her death however, she had sadly disappeared into poverty and obscurity.

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