Quotation by Anna Julia Cooper

I constantly felt (as I suppose many an ambitious girl has felt) a thumping from within unanswered by any beckoning from without.
Anna Julia Cooper (1859–1964), U.S. educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 1 (1892).

Of her frustration as a young student in a school offering inadequate intellectual stimulation. Cooper, the daughter of a former slave, would become a teacher and, at age 67, the fourth African American woman to earn a Ph.D. (at the University of Paris).
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