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Angelina Weld Grimké (February 27, 1880 – June 10, 1958) was an African-American journalist, teacher, playwright and poet who was part of the Harlem Renaissance; she was one of the first African-American women to have a play performed.
Angelina Weld Grimke: Biographical Information
Angelina Weld Grimke was the daughter of Archibald Grimke and Sarah Stanley. She would become a seminal Harlem Renaissance poet and playwright. Angelina's mother, Sarah left Archibald soon after Angelina was born in 1880. In 1887 Angelina was reunited with her father and is in his household in 1900, 1910 and 1920. She died a recluse in New York City in 1958. Archibald and his brothers Francis and John are the children of Henry Grimke and his slave, Nancy Weston. In 1866, Archibald Grimke with the help of his father's sisters Angelina and Sarah Grimke attended Lincoln University near Philadelphia. Archibald enrolled at Harvard in 1874. His career included acting as the consul to Santa Domingo in the Dominican Republic and authoring several books. He lists his occupation on the 1880 census as Lawyer. Both Francis and Archibald were life long civil rights activists and were associates of W.E.B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington. Francis was a member of the "Committee of Forty" which established the NAACP. Archibald became the head of the Washington, D.C. branch. In 1919, he was awarded the Spingarn Medal for outstanding leadership in the black community.
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