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Angelina Grimke, teacher and a first for the "black" stage!

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    Angelina Grimke, teacher and a first for the black stage! February 27 Angelina Grimke *On this date we recall the birth in 1880 of Angelina Weld Grimke. She
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      Angelina Grimke, teacher and
      a first for the 'black' stage!

       

       

       

      February 27

      Angelina Grimke



      *On this date we recall the birth
      in 1880 of Angelina Weld Grimke.

      She was an African-American color
      poet,
      playwright, and author of first
      staged play by an African-American color.

      Angelina Weld Grimke was the daughter
      of Archibald and Sarah Grimke in Boston.

      Grimke attended several elite private
      schools, and graduated from the Boston
      Normal School of Gymnastics in 1902.

      Most of her writing was done over
      the next 25 years, which she spent
      teaching English in Washington, D.C.

      The NAACP produced her best-known
      work, the play 'Rachel', in March 1916.

      The play 'Rachel' was the first play
      by an African-American color that was
      meant to be staged (in contrast
      to earlier costume dramas
      which were simply read aloud).

      Both Rachel and Grimke's second play
      dealt with themes of racial injustice.

      Grimke's poetry was included in such
      works as Alain Locke's 'The new negro'
      and Countee Cullen's 'Caroling dusk'.

      Her poetry dealt with more conventional
      romantic themes, often marked with
      frequent images of frustration and isolation.

      Grimke spent the end of her
      life living alone in New York City.
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