“A History of Great Glory”: The Consequential, Evolving Role of Black Sororities in Suffrage

On March 3, 1913, the day before President Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration, nine White women dressed in brilliant white rode down Washington, D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue in an official state car, representing the only states that had given women of their race the right to vote. More than three dozen White women dressed in black flanked the vehicle on foot to demonstrate how much of the nation was home to vote-less women. “No Country Can Exist Half Slave and Half Free,” the banner above them read.

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“A History of Great Glory”: The Consequential, Evolving Role of Black Sororities in Suffrage

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