Today in History

Today we mark the anniversary of the birth of a pioneering Southern historian. Anne King Gregorie was born near Savannah, Georgia on 20 May 1887, but her family returned to their traditional home near Mount Pleasant, South Carolina in 1893. She entered Winthrop College in 1903 and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in 1906. … [Read more…]

Southern Women and Their Activist Libraries

joan denman

In honor of GIVE OUT DAY, here is Joan Denman at her bookstore, Rubyfruit Books, in 1986. It was the first bookstore opened in support of the LGBT community in Tallahassee, Florida, and it was named for ground-breaking and controversial author Rita Mae Brown’s first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle. Please GIVE freely and generously in support … [Read more…]

Confederate Memorial Day

“Better had Jefferson Davis and every man who held a commission in the Confederate Army been shot for treason than universal suffrage bestowed on an ignorant race.” – Captain E.W. Cannon, writing about Reconstruction. I remember the first time I said it out-loud, in mixed company. My Great-Great Grandfather was a white supremacist. Captain E.W. … [Read more…]

Carly Fiorina Announces Presidential Run

A political cartoon image of Carly Fiorina by Daniel Bein

Today on Friday politics: This week Carly Fiorina became the second female candidate to announce she’s running for President in 2016. She is seeking the Republican nomination. When asked about women’s issues, Ms. Fiorina now famously quipped: “I find it personally insulting as a woman that the Democratic Party talks about women’s issues,” she said. … [Read more…]

A Woman’s Place Is in the House and the Senate: Florida’s Carrie Meek

Florida Photographic Collection

Carrie Meek is a woman of many firsts. Born in 1926, the grand-daughter of sharecroppers, Meek grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and attended Florida A & M University before heading to Michigan for her master’s degree, something not available to African Americans at Florida colleges at the time. She returned to Florida and taught at … [Read more…]