Lugenia Burns Hope, Black Southern Reformer

Jacqueline Anne Rouse


"Rouse has rescued Lugenia Burns Hope from historical oblivion and placed her where she belongs in black women's history. Born in St. Louis, Hope, like her husband, John Hope, possessed unmistakable caucasian features. In 1898 she accompanied him to Atlanta, where she was destined to become a 'powerful Black' educator. . . . Rouse reminds readers of the sociopolitical forces that perpetually plagued Lugenia's world; the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, and a city torn by race riots. Notwithstanding, Lugenia was able to create for herself an identity that left an indelible mark."

"Rouse has given us not only an account of an inspiring life, but also an insightful view of black community life in the South, dating back to the beginning of the century."
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From the turn of the century until her death in 1947, Lugenia Burns Hope worked to promote black equality--in Atlanta as the wife of John Hope, president of both Morehouse College and Atlanta University, and on a national level in her discussions with such influential leaders as W.E.B. Du Bois and Jessie Daniel Ames. Highlighting the life of the zealous reformer, Jacqueline Anne Rouse offers a portrait of a seemingly tireless woman who worked to build the future of her race.
Page count: 198 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5

Read more about Lugenia Burns Hope at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Jacqueline A. Rouse is an associate professor of African American history in the Department of History and an associate faculty in the African American Studies Department at Georgia State University. She is a coeditor of Women in the Civil Rights Movement, 1941-1965.