ABSTRACT

Anna Julia Cooper and Nannie Helen Burroughs were dedicated and committed to the education of their students. Education and schooling was viewed as a vehicle to liberation. As mentioned in Chapter 4, Cooper and Burroughs perceived themselves as social and moral agents of change. The era in which they came of age in, the Christian tenets to which they adhered to, their experiences with oppression and the educational institutions they attended, awaken in them a sense of responsibility to utilize their knowledge, skills and education for the enhancement of future possibilities of Black people.3 Their roles were not only to educate the youth it also included becoming involved in resistance struggles in order to counter-act the repressive interlocking forces of oppression. This struggle took them beyond the boundaries of their classrooms and into the arena of civic and political activism. Thus, education became intertwined with civic and political activism.