The Work of Afro-American Women
Rev. Dr. B. F. Lee, editor of the
, the organ of the A. M. E.
Church, who was for a number of years President of the Wilberforce University, said: "I think that
there is a spirit of unrest among colored people in that they are losing confidence in the
management of these institutions. They feel that they have been overlooked; that white men are
many times put over them as teachers when
144persons of their own race could fill the position equally as well or better. The teachings of religion
will never allow any one race to be its own absolute and exclusive educator, much less the
educator of all races."
Prof. E. A. Bouchett, a graduate of Yale College, who is professor in the Institute for
Colored Youth in Philadelphia, said: "The day has long gone by when an educated colored man
was looked upon in this country as a curiosity. All persons of intelligence agree that the Negro is
capable of undergoing the most severe mental training with credit to himself and his
. The success of the graduates of colored colleges as teachers is abundantly attested,
especially in the South and West; so the exclusion from the professor's chair in his own
cannot be defended by alleging lack of ability or deficient capacity."