St. Aug's alum honored with U.S. postal stamp

Posted May 20, 2009 4:29 p.m. EDT
Updated June 18, 2009 9:49 p.m. EDT

— An alumnus and former teacher at St. Augustine's College will be honored next month with a U.S. postal stamp bearing her image.

Dr. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper was a civil rights activist who was born into slavery and tutored at Saint Augustine's College Normal School at age 8.

She graduated from Saint Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute, Oberlin College and completed her doctoral studies at Gilde Internationale in Paris and at Columbia University.

The stamp will be unveiled during a dedication at St. Augustine's at 11:30 a.m. on June 18.

Cooper is known for her book, "A Voice From the South," and the quote included on every U.S. passport: "The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity."

During her career, Cooper took on the school board of Washington, D.C., when it decided to dilute the curriculum for black children based on the thought that they could not learn as easily as their white counterparts.