Angelina Weld Grimke

  • Angelina Grimké was born on February 27, 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts
  • She was born into a biracial family of abolitionists and civil rights activists
  • Her aunts were well known abolitionists Angelina and Sarah Grimké
  • Angelina graduated from the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics in 1902
  • After graduating, she became an English teacher in Washington, D.C.
  • She taught at Armstrong Manual Training School and then later taught at Dunbar High School in 1916
  • While teaching she also continued her education by taking classes at Harvard during the summer
  • Around this time Angelina began to write poems and essays on racisms that were published in The Crisis, an NAACP newspaper
  • She produced her play, Rachel, in 1916 and published it in 1920
  • Angelina wrote the play for the NAACP to protest against the film, The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Rachel is also considered one of the first plays to protest against racial violence and lynching
  • She is considered to be part of the Harlem Renaissance since many of her poems and essays were published in anthologies from that period
  • Many of her poems explore racism but she also writes about her sexuality (it is believed that she was either bisexual or a lesbian)
  • In 1928, her father became sick and she took care of him until he died in 1930
  • After her father’s death she moved to Brooklyn, New York where she lived out the rest of her life
  • Angelina died on June 10, 1958 in New York

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