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The work of themothers of our race is grandly constructive. It is for us to build above thewreck and ruin of the past more stately temples of thought and action. Someraces have been overthrown, dashed in pieces, and destroyed; but to-day theworld is needing, fainting, for something better than the results of arrogance,aggressiveness, and indomitable power. We need mothers who are capable of beingcharacter builders, patient, loving, strong, and true, whose homes will beuplifting power in the race. This is one of the greatest needs of the hour."

Frances Ellen WatkinsHarper, a 19th century African American woman writer and abolitionist, was bornto a free black family in a slave state, Maryland. Frances Watkins Harperbecame a teacher, an anti-slavery activist, and a writer and poet. She spoke these words on November 15,1892 in a speech called Enlightened Motherhood, an address to the Brooklyn LiterarySociety. She was also anadvocate of women’s rights and was a member of the American Woman SuffrageAssociation.

Black Mothers. Our History is a new feature on MochaManual.com that includeshistorical quotes, facts, comments and perspectives on our roles as Blackmothers and our struggles as Black mothers. Please check back weekly for newposts. Knowing our past helps us define and redefine our future. —Kimberly 

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