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Hometown of Alice Dunbar Nelson STIRs Things Up

Alice Dunbar Nelson, a writer, educator, suffragist, and activist, not only lived and worked in Harlem, but for decades in Wilmington, Delaware. Nelson's papers, in fact, are collected at the University of Delaware. In Wilmington she taught high school, worked in journalism, and tried to help pass the 1918 Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill, which was meant to make lynching a federal crime but was defeated. Not until February 26 of this year was an anti-lynching legislation passed by the House, the Emmitt Till Anti-lynching Act. Wilmington S.T.I.R., which stands for Sitting Together Is Radical, is helping fund a proposal to benefit the community and is giving an award in honor of Nelson. The STIR 10 meeting takes place on Sunday, March 28 from 5-7PM at The...

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New Sticker: Alice Dunbar Nelson

Alice Dunbar Nelson (1875-1935) wrote poems, short stories, and fought for the rights of African Americans and women. According to The Poetry Foundation, "Her first book, Violets and Other Tales (1895), was published when she was just 20... One of the few female African American diarists of the early 20th century, she portrays the complicated reality of African American women and intellectuals, addressing topics such as racism, oppression, family, work, and sexuality."

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