The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project.

Jul 25

Mary P. (“Mamie”) Burrill, circa 1944, just before she retired from teaching at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. Burrill was a playwright, director, actor and teacher; born in Washington, DC, graduated from Emerson College in Boston (1904); taught English, speech and dramatics at Dunbar; directed many dramas in the Washington, DC area; wrote They That Sit in Darkness and Aftermath (1919), among other plays; was director of DC’s Conservatory of Music School of Expression (1907-1911); was part of the Georgia Douglas Johnson’s “S Street Salon” of black writers during the Harlem Renaissance; and lived with Howard University’s first Dean of Women, Lucy Diggs Slowe, for 15 years on Kearney Street NE.

Mary P. (“Mamie”) Burrill, circa 1944, just before she retired from teaching at Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. Burrill was a playwright, director, actor and teacher; born in Washington, DC, graduated from Emerson College in Boston (1904); taught English, speech and dramatics at Dunbar; directed many dramas in the Washington, DC area; wrote They That Sit in Darkness and Aftermath (1919), among other plays; was director of DC’s Conservatory of Music School of Expression (1907-1911); was part of the Georgia Douglas Johnson’s “S Street Salon” of black writers during the Harlem Renaissance; and lived with Howard University’s first Dean of Women, Lucy Diggs Slowe, for 15 years on Kearney Street NE.

Jul 18

deviatesinc:

Lucy Diggs Slowe, dean of Howard University, tennis champion and gay lady not afraid of pearl necklaces.

Expansion: First dean of women at Howard University (starting in 1922, and presided until her death in 1937); created the first junior high school in Washington, DC in 1919; first black woman to win a major sports title (the American Tennis Association’s first tournament in 1917), and won 16 other tennis titles beyond that; earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1915; founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority in 1908… and, while serving as Howard University’s Dean of Women, lived with playwright Mary P. Burrill (“Mamie” Burrill) for 15 years on Kearney St. NE in Washington, DC. Bam!

deviatesinc:

Lucy Diggs Slowe, dean of Howard University, tennis champion and gay lady not afraid of pearl necklaces.

Expansion: First dean of women at Howard University (starting in 1922, and presided until her death in 1937); created the first junior high school in Washington, DC in 1919; first black woman to win a major sports title (the American Tennis Association’s first tournament in 1917), and won 16 other tennis titles beyond that; earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1915; founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority in 1908… and, while serving as Howard University’s Dean of Women, lived with playwright Mary P. Burrill (“Mamie” Burrill) for 15 years on Kearney St. NE in Washington, DC. Bam!

Jul 08

Black, Feminist, Revolutionary Remembering the Combahee River Collective - News & Views - EBONY

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Mourning Stormé DeLarverie, a mother of the Stonewall Riots

Jul 04

Audre Lorde on the Fourth of July.

Jun 26

It matters how that story is told.

"Sexuality need not be the focus of the stories written about either of these women; their accomplishments took place outside of their bedrooms. But sexuality is part of who they are — who we all are — it’s an important part of the story, and it matters how that story is told."—Rosamond S. King, Ph.D., in “Lesbians and Their Husbands”