Friday, March 8
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Women in the Law Committee of the Delaware County Bar Association is pleased to host former Philadelphia Inquirer reporters Dan Biddle and Murray Dubin, authors of Tasting Freedom.
Delaware County Bar Association
335 W Front St
Media, PA 19063
Cost: $25 DCBA Members
$45 Non-members, walk-ins and guests
$15 Press Club Members, and non-attorney
Contact Nancy Ravert Ward at the Delaware County Bar Association
(610) 566-6625 extension 222, or by email
Tasting Freedom will be available for sale and book signing after the program at the cost of $20.
Please note - You must be up to date on your 2018-2019 dues to get the discounted membership rate.
Biddle and Dubin’s lecture will shine a light on little known women civil rights heroes: imagine a woman of color claiming a seat on a whites-only streetcar at risk of insult, ejection and injury. Imagine her arguing her case to an all-white court. That's what Caroline R. Le Count, who was to become a leading educator and civil rights activist, did at age 21 in Philadelphia -- in 1867, nine decades before Rosa Parks. Imagine Sarah Mapps Douglass, who defied the white mob that torched an abolition meeting hall here in 1838, and went on to teach generations of African American girls; Fanny Jackson Coppin, who came out of slavery, became an educator and led a Philadelphia black school of national renown; Sally Daffin, who, like other alumni of that school, went south to teach freedpeople -- until whites burned her Tennessee schoolhouse; Charlotte Forten, who in her teens published antislavery poems and marched against slave laws, and in her 20s taught freedpeople in South Carolina; or Sarah Remond, who sued Boston police for ejecting her from a whites-only opera house by throwing her down a staircase -- and who later rallied British audiences to the abolition cause by exposing the sexual predations of U.S. slaveholders. Imagine those women's few white allies, such as Lucretia Mott and Angelina and Sarah Grimke -- who likewise risked their lives in acts of civil disobedience a century before Selma.
Conventional history has ignored these women and their achievements. Mr. Dubin and Mr. Biddle will help to change that in this fascinating one-hour presentation.