Mary Church Terrell-educator, political activist, author of A Colored Woman in a White World, and first president of the National Association of Colored Women—was born on this day, September 23, in 1863, in Memphis, Tennessee.
An 1884 graduate of Oberlin College, America’s first college to admit women and amongst the first to admit students of all races. Terrell was an African-American woman among mostly white male students. Still, the freshman class elected her as class poet, and she was elected to two of the college’s literary societies. Mary also served as an editor of the Oberlin Review. When she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1884, she was one of the first African-American women known to have earned a college degree. Mary continued on to earn a master’s degree from Oberlin in 1888.
Mary Church taught at a black secondary school in Washington, DC and at Wilberforce College, a historically black college founded by the Methodist Church in Ohio. She studied in Europe for two years, where she became fluent in French, German, and Italian.
Writer Jennifer Poe, founder of Imported Chocolate, talks about her travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, starting her own site, and shares her advice for new bloggers in this week’s Black Women in the Global Village.
Well, one plus was that I could have any guy I wanted. I never had a shortage of date proposals. I actually had to turn some down. I would walk in a room and have guys compete with each other for my affections. My reaction was WHAAAAT!!!!!! However, sometimes the attention was overwhelming. I would get stared at every where I went and there were some ignorant moments. But 99.9 % of my experiences were wonderful and I met a lot of amazing people who are still my close friends.
Writer Naomi Prioleau, a Journalism major and graduate of The University of South Florida, shares her thoughts on the importance of black women living well through travel in this edition of Black Women in the Global Village.
Living & Working Abroad
Teaching abroad offers you the opportunity to experience a new culture gain valuable work experience. You get to see the world and make money at the same time. Teaching abroad allows you to become a global citizen. You will be faced with the challenges of living and working in a foreign country, but you will come out of it a more independent and adaptable person.
Elaine, or Afromorena as she is known on her blog, became enamored with international travel while in middle school where she took her first Spanish course. Given her humble background, she never thought it was possible to go abroad. Ten years later, after feeling the effects of the recent recession, she decided to throw caution to the wind and pursue a position she discovered as an undergrad. Afromorena became a bilingual teacher assistant in Spain and was able to live in the heart of Madrid for several months.
To ensure that you make the most of the upcoming school year, here’s a list of 7 goals to consider completing before the school year is over: