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Oct. 18, 1996

Noted historian to discuss
African American suffragists

By Erica Brizzi, News Service intern
Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, one of the country's leading African American historians, will speak on "African American Woman Suffragists in the Booker T. Washington Era" Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

Terborg-Penn has served as a consultant and historian for numerous documentaries and films and was featured on the PBS American Experience series in One Woman, One Vote and Ida B. Wells: Legacy of Struggles.

A well-known essayist, Terborg-Penn has written extensively about African American history and the suffrage movement for various journals and books. She is the author of The Afro- American Woman: Struggles and Images, Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia and Women in Africa and the African Diaspora.

"She is widely known as the foremost authority on African American women in the suffrage movement," said Dianne Bystrom, Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics director.

Terborg-Penn is a professor of history at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Md., where she serves as the director of the doctoral program in history.

Terborg-Penn's lecture is the second in a series focusing on African American women in the suffrage movement.

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