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Celebrating Black Women for Black History Month

William Smith women will celebrate Black History Month by reading from speeches and writings of five historically significant African American women.

February 26, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Six women of color will vocalize their talents by reading speeches from 19th century abolitionist orators. “Celebrating Our Voices: Lifting as We Climb” will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in the Geneva Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Courtney Buckmire '04 from Brooklyn, N.Y., will read from the writings of American abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights Sojourner Truth.

Chirlie Felix '03, from Bronx, N.Y., will read from the writings of Fannie Barrier Williams, a teacher, civic affairs activist, and the prestigious Chicago Woman's Club's first African-American member. Williams also helped organize Provident Hospital and its Training School for Nurses, both interracial institutions, in 1891.

Lervan Johnny '05 from Bronx, N.Y., will read from Ida B. Wells, a teacher and one of the first African-American women to work as an investigative reporter. She spoke out against the lynching and discrimination of African Americans.

Tiffanie Martinez '03 from Albany, N.Y, will read from the works of educator and writer Anna Cooper, a proponent of women's education.

Arliss Prass '03, from Brooklyn, N.Y., will read passages from the writings of political writer and speaker Maria Stewart, who spoke against slavery and political and economic exploitation. She is also known as the first African-American woman to lecture publicly.

Hannah Thompson '03 from Fairburn, Ga., will moderate the readings and offer commentary.

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