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Angelina Weld Grimke (1880–1958)

Author of Rachel

Includes the names: Angelina W. Grimke, Angelina Weld Grimké, Angelina Weld Grimké

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Please do not confuse or combine her with her great-aunt Angelina Emily Grimké Weld (1805-1879).

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Angelina Weld Grimké was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to a biracial family. Her father, Archibald Grimké, a lawyer, was the son of Henry Grimke, a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner and his common-law wife Nancy Weston, a slave woman of mixed race. Angelina's mother, Sarah Stanley, was a white woman from the Midwest. The couple married over the objections of her family; the union proved unhappy and broke up shortly after Angelina's birth. She was named for her father's aunt, Angelina Grimké Weld, the famous abolitionist and women's rights advocate. Angelina lived with an aunt and uncle in Washington, D.C. and attended school there while her father was serving as American consul to the Dominican Republic. She graduated from the Boston Normal School of Gymnastics -- now Wellesley College -- and in 1902, began teaching gym and then English. During the summers, she often took classes at Harvard University, her father's alma mater. She wrote essays, short stories, and poems, for publication in journals and newspapers such as The Crisis, the newspaper of the NAACP, and Opportunity. They were later collected in anthologies, including The New Negro, Caroling Dusk, and Negro Poets and Their Poems. She was connected to many artists and writers of the Harlem Renaissance and is considered by some a forerunner, and by others a member, of this cultural movement. Her most famous work, a 1916 play called Rachel, portrayed the life of an African-American family in the North and protested against racial discrimination. It was published in book form in 1920.
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