Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and the Colored Conventions Movement

Poet, novelist, feminist, public speaker, educator, abolitionist, and suffragists, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was one of the leading Black women advocates during the  the women’s movement and Colored Convention Movement in addition to being one of the most prominent writers of the 19th century. While Convention Proceedings only provide a slither of her speeches, there is hope in uncovering the content of Harper’s speeches and activism through newspaper coverage of related lectures given around the same time as Harper’s convention travels. Let’s explore Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s influence on the Colored Conventions Movement and beyond! 


Curators:  Monet Timmons, English PhD Student, University of Delaware. Created for Dr. Gabrielle Foreman’s ENGL 667 Spring 2019 Course. 

Edited by: Dr. Gabrielle Foreman.

Further Acknowledgements to the CCP Exhibits team for creating visualizations, editing, and revising this exhibit: Special thanks to Gale, a Cengage Company and Accessible Archives Inc.® for granting permission for the use of the materials from 19th Century U.S. Newspaper and African American Newspapers: The 19th Century. The Colored Conventions Project works with teaching partners and their students to create digital content on the rich history of black political organizing in the nineteenth-century. Browse the curriculum and find information on becoming a teaching partner in [CCP in a Box].