Students will be required to conduct their research using resources from the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. The teacher will make necessary arrangements with the librarians at the Center for students to visit, and to determine what resources are available.

The teacher will provide each group with a folder that includes: an outline of assignment requirements, brief instructions for using the Internet and word processing programs, and 3 x 5 index cards.



Select three (3) African American women from the list provided, or of your own choice, and explore each of them in detail. Write a brief biography of each person's life. Include your personal thoughts.

Marguerite Ross Barnett Johnnetta B. Cole
Mary Francis Berry Anna J. Cooper
Mary McLeod Bethune Alice Dunbar-Nelson
Matilda Booker Lois M. Jones
Mary Elizabeth Carnegie Patricia Roberts Harris
Barbara Jordan Mary Church Terrell
Toni Morrison Nikki Giovanni
Lucy Ellen Moten Charlotte Forten Grimke
Eleanor Holmes Norton Nannie Helen Burroughs
Lucy Diggs Slowe Marian Vera Cuthbert
  • When and where was the person born?
  • What historical contribution(s) did she make to the field of education? What year?
  • Were other people involved? If so, who were they?
  • Where did the contribution or event take place?
  • What are some significant facts you would like known or remembered about these Black women?
  • What did you think was most interesting or outstanding about each of these individuals?


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