Angelina Weld Grimké
February 27, 1880/Boston, Massachusetts
June 10, 1958/New York City, New York
Educator, journalist, poet, playwright
What Makes Her Bitchin’:
A member of the Harlem Renaissance, Angelina was one of the first African-American women to have a play performed publicly. Premiering in 1916, Rachel was also one of the first theatrical productions to protest racially-motivated violence against Black-Americans.
Betcha’ Didn’t Know:
Examining her personal correspondence and published prose, numerous modern literary critics believe that Angelina was either bisexual or a lesbian. This would make her our first LGBT History Bitch!
For more about this literary luminary, check-out:
Angelina Weld Grimkè (1880-1958) (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Angelina Weld Grimkè (The University of Minnesota)