- 1880 Angelina Weld Grimké was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
- She attended the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics (now Wellesley College).
- 1902 Angelina began teaching English at Armstrong Manual Training school.
- 1916 Angelina began teaching at the legendary Dunbar High School.
- Angelina frequently took classes at Harvard University during the summer.
- Angelina’s essays, short stories and poems, were published in The Crisis, Opportunity, The New Negro, Caroling Dusk, and Negro Poets and Their Poems.
- 1916 Angelina wrote Rachel, a three-act drama, for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to rally community support against the film The Birth of a Nation. The play was produced and performed by an all-black cast in Washington, D.C. at the Myrtill Miner Normal School.
- 1920 Rachel was published
- 1958 Angelina Welde Grimké died in Brooklyn, New York.
Family Fun Facts:
- Angelina’s ancestors include slaveholders, abolitionists, European-American slaves, and Midwesterners.
- Angelina’s father, Archibald Grimké, was a lawyer, the second black to have graduated from Harvard Law School.
- Angelina’s mother, Sarah Stanley was a white woman from a Midwestern middle-class family.
- Angelina’s great aunts were the famous abolitionists, Sarah and Angelina Grimké
Biography information obtained from: “Angelina Weld Grimké." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 7 Sep. 2010. Web. 29 Nov. 2010.
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List of Angelina’s Work:
1893 To Theodore Weld on His 90th Birthday
1902 Beware Lest He Awakes
1909 El Beso
1915 To Keep the Memory of Charlotte Forten Grimké
1917 To the Dunbar High School
1916 Rachel (produced in 1916 and again in 1921)
1919 The Closing Door
1920 Rachel: A Play in Three Acts
1923 The Black Finger
Rachel was first produced in 1916 by the NAACP at the Myrtill Miner Normal School in Washington DC.
Info about the play Rachel
http://www.naacphistory.org/#/detailmilestone/91/history About 1919 Lynch Law
Additional Information about Angelina and her Family:
http://www.naacphistory.org/#/bio_full/178 - Info about Angelina’s Father
http://www.usca.edu/aasc/grimke.htm - Info about Angelina’s Father
http://www.gale.cengage.com/free_resources/whm/bio/grimk_sisters.htm - Info on Angelina’s Aunts
http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/people/angelina-grimke.html- Info on Angelina’s Aunts
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2939t.html - Speech made by Angelina’s Aunt and namesake
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