February 1, 2020
Lifting as we Climb
Helka Casey, LPCC-S

February is a time when we celebrate this nation’s Black History. Mary Eliza Church Terrell (1864 -1954), was a prominent African-American activist and pioneer for racial equality and women’s suffrage. Her advocacy strategy— built on education, work, and community involvement—was based on the belief that when any one individual succeeds, the entire community is elevated. In addition, Mary stood side by side with fellow women of all races in campaigns for women’s suffrage and civil rights. June 4, 2019, marked the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. In her 1940 autobiography, A Colored Woman in a White World, Mary shares her own experiences with racial and gender discrimination. Mary Church Terrell's Autobiography. We reflect on this champion for racial equality and women’s suffrage as she embraces our own Buckeye value of determination, or the “fearless pursuit of one’s potential to make a meaningful contribution through our work” (Ohio State Strategic Plan 2018).