“All men are created equal”—The phrase is immortalized in the Declaration of Independence, but this “self-evident” truth was far from reality for many Americans, including enslaved people, women, and Indians. Since Jefferson penned those words, Americans have used them to demand change: the end of slavery, the right to vote, fair treatment in the workplace. Some see Barack Obama’s reelection as evidence of the fulfillment of the promise of equality; others see a long way to go. Do the words still inspire? Do they finally ring true today?
African American women from Colonial Williamsburg's interpretation and training departments talk about their personal connection to the Declaration of Independence.
Civil Rights to Today
Quotes from prominent African American women from activists, to poets, to businesswoman about the power of women to control their destinies and transform our communities.
Reconstruction to Suffrage
Quotes from prominent African American women educators and entreprenuers about their rights, social issues, and approaches to empower themselves and their communities in their times.