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 An Unfinished Revolution by Marguerite Kearns



Click here to read an article published in the Western Friend written by our newest member Marguerite Kearns. It is an excerpted from her upcoming book, An Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women Rights (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2021).

"Traitor. Sissy," hecklers bellowed as the women's demonstration inched forward. Men marchers and women students from Howard University, an African American private university in the nation's capital, stood out as targets for taunts, assaults, and accusations. From the moment my Granddaddy Wilmer Kearns took his place in the men's division on Pennsylvania Avenue, he sensed the resistance and pushback. The women called it a"procession." Others called it a march or demonstration. My grandfather said .......

If Edna admitted she had a great deal to learn, I was right there with her in what I needed to understand. Granddaddy said that Quakers played an essential role in standing up for peace when strident patriotism pressured usually calm people to become aggressive and occasionally violent. He told me: "Concerned people must stand firm and make sure peaceful tactics are kept alive."