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