Book of Note: A History of Black Women in the Ivory Tower
By Stephanie Y. Evans
In 1850, Lucy Stanton graduated from Oberlin College and made history as the first Black woman to earn a college degree. In a new book, Black Women in the Ivory Tower 1850-1954: An Intellectual History, author Stephanie Y. Evans’s compelling narrative traces the higher education history of Black women back to Stanton. Her examples include Anna Julia Cooper, who rose from slavery to earn her doctorate, and Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College. Beyond their heroic stories, Evans, an assistant professor in the African-American studies program at the University of Florida, also explores their inspirational philosophies and translates them for the present day.
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