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Leaders of Their RaceEducating Black and White Women in the New South$
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Sarah H. Case

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041235

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041235.001.0001

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Respectability and Reform

Respectability and Reform

Spelman Alumnae

(p.101) 4 Respectability and Reform
Leaders of Their Race

Sarah H. Case

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on the relationship of Spelman women to their education as students and alumnae between the 1880s and the 1920s. The African American women who attended Spelman Seminary incorporated the message of the seminary with values they learned from their families, churches, and community to fashion their own definition of respectable Christian womanhood. Although accepting the school’s message of moral improvement, alumnae perceived it as a means to attain leadership and an opportunity to work for individual and social uplift. Spelman alumnae viewed their cultivation of personal respectability, their work as homemakers and professionals, and their church and club organizations as their responsibility as educated women and as part of their quest for social and racial justice.

Keywords:   Spelman Seminary, African American women, respectability, uplift, Spelman alumnae

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