Mary Church Terrell Papers: Speeches and Writings, 1866-1953; [ 1925 ], “Colored College Women in Politics”
All women should be interested in the political affairs of the country in which they live. So far as in them lies all women should inform themselves, not only about conditions in their own country, but about those which obtain all over the civilized world. But the duty of studying carefully the measures proposed and the questions discussed in the National Congress, in their respective state legislatures and in their respective city of town Councils devolves upon no group of women more than upon the colored women of the United States.
One does not have to possess more of her share of gray matter than belongs to her to understand why this is so. It does not require a great amount of perspicacity, profundity or philosophy to see clearly why colored women should not only study carefully the political situation in which they live and move and have heir being, but should actively engage in politics wherever, whenever, and however they can without actually breaking the law.
While all women in our group should try to discharge their political obligations to the Nation, the State, the City or Town, the duty of doing so devolves especially upon colored women who have had the advantage of completing a course in a college of recognized standing. On the principle that he that knoweth the law and doeth it not shall be beaten with many striper, the colored college woman who refuses to take an active part in politics should be severely condemned indeed.
Terrell, Mary Church. 1925. Colored College Women in Politics. Essay. Mary Church Terrell Papers: Speeches and Writings, 1866-1953. https://www.loc.gov/item/mss425490438/