Frances Watkins Harper
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Harper devoted her life to speaking out against the wrongs of slavery and realized that, even though many African Americans were considered "free," they were still almost completely disadvantaged in the governmental system. She was actively involved in the Underground Railroad and witnessed a great deal of suffering and injustice, causing her to become more fervent in her beliefs. Former Vice President of the National Association of Colored Women, she was a strong supporter of women's suffrage and member of the American Woman Suffrage Association.