Today in History: First American-Born Woman to give Public Lectures


Maria W. Steward

On this day in 1833, Maria W. Steward delivered one of the four speeches which confirmed her place in history as the first American-born woman to give public lectures.

Steward’s lectures focused on encouraging African-Americans to attain education, political rights, and public recognition for their achievements.

Her speech on this day delivered at the African Masonic Hall in Boston, Massachusetts, was titled “On African Rights and Liberty.”

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