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Thursday, March 10, 2011

March 10th

Born this day in 1850,Hallie Quinn Brown, educator, author, and public speaker. Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brown's parents (former slaves)then moved to Canada and moved back to the United States in 1870 settling in Ohio. Earning a degree in education, Brown's first post was in Mississippi and then to Columbia, South Carolina. She also began to teach at Allen University, and also served as their Dean of the University, Brown also served as Dean of Women at Tuskegee Institute. It is during this time that Brown's reputation as a public speaker grew the subjects of Temperance and Suffrage. And in 1899, while serving as one of the United States representatives, she spoke before the International Congress of Women meeting in London. Brown also spoke before Queen Victoria.
Brown helped organize the Colored Woman's League in Washington DC. Also,served as president of the National Association for Colored Women.
Brown published several books in her lifetime: Bits and Odds:A Choice Selections of Recitations 1880; Elocution and Physical Culture, 1910; Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction 1926. This her most popular as it profiled African American Women of the time. Brown died in 1949.

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