Ella Baker

Southern Women and their Demands

On this day in 1960 “The Godmother of SNCC” brought together college students who had participated in that year’s sit-ins that swept the South. Ella Baker had managed to convince SCLC, a fairly new organization created on the heels of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, to hold a conference at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. … [Read more…]

Southern Women and their Loss

Mary Todd Lincoln

Today, in 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln witnessed the murder of her husband, the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. A native Kentuckian from a wealthy slaveholding family, Mary Todd was considered smart, cultured, gregarious, and politically astute as a young woman – and a good catch. While serving as First Lady, she worried … [Read more…]

Our Southern Grandmothers

OurSouthernGrandmothers

These are some excerpts from the diary of Frances Naomi Boland Bickley. She was my stepfather’s mother and the only grandparent I ever really had. Here are some of her experiences from growing up in the Midlands area during the Great Depression: “Then Oh my romance broke up – there was a broken heart. Then … [Read more…]