Anna Julia Cooper, one of the most prominent African American Scholars of the 20th Century, gave a clear, prophetic voice to the African American community from the end of slavery to the civil rights movement (1858-1964). During a time when education for African American women was not common, Cooper graduated from Columbia and later a PHD from the University of Paris. During her educational journey, Cooper was also the principal of a school in downtown Washington D.C., which met for a time in her own home. Cooper described her vocation as “investing in students to give them a community where they can learn and prosper.” In this, Cooper modeled for us what being a part of a beloved community is all about. Click the button below to learn more about AJCES and Mission Box 2018.