Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer — poet and social reformer
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Moorer, Lizelia Augusta Jenkins
Prejudice Unveiled: and Other Poems
Boston: Roxburgh Publishing Company, 1907
In this volume of poetry, activist poet Lizelia Moorer, a teacher at South Carolina’s first black college, presents a sweeping portrayal of the nature of racial oppression. She noted that white writers misrepresented the experience of African Americans in the South and set out to tell “the unvarnished truth.” She confronts lynching, debt peonage, rape, segregation, and the hypocrisy of the church. The frontispiece may be the first depiction of an African American woman with a typewriter.
Moorer, Lizelia Augusta Jenkins, Prejudice Unveiled: and Other Poems, Boston: Roxburgh Publishing Company, 1907, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed September 30, 2023, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4241