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“African American Women in the Suffrage Movement” Interactive Program March 13 at Eureka School in downtown Hattiesburg

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 17:52pm | By: David Tisdale

“100 Years and Counting! African American Women in the Suffrage Movement,” an interactive program sponsored in part by The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Center for Black Studies, will be held Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at the historic Eureka School building, located at 410 E. Sixth St. in downtown Hattiesburg.

This event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required; call 601.450.1942 to register. Eureka School and the Sixth Street Museum District are also serving as presenters of the program, which will commemorate the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, granting most American women the right to vote in 1920.

The program’s panelists will include USM faculty members Dr. Sherita Johnson, associate professor of English and director of the Center for Black Studies; Dr. Rebecca Tuuri, associate professor of history and co-director of USM’s Center for the Study of the Gulf South; and Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado, who represents the city’s Ward 2.

Led by mostly white women, the suffrage movement that began in the 19th-century was strengthened by the support of African American women like Sojourner Truth, Frances Harper, Mary Church Terrell, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

“Our program will highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of these African American women and others who have remained invisible in the history of the women’s suffrage movement, and inspire the next generation of 21st century suffragists,” Dr. Johnson said. 

The USM Center for Black Studies is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development. For information about the USM Center for Black Studies, visit

100 years and counting - March 13 at 10 AM - Eureka School