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The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs

Excerpt from The Story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs: 1900 1922 In the past twenty-two years much has been accomplished by the Colored women of Illinois. Those who are closely connected with or deeply interested in the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, know of the struggle that has been made and the success that has been attained. Time, in its progress has, however, taken from the work many of the pioneers and has substituted those of a younger generation, who like the general public, of times do not appreciate the fullness of organized effort. Realizing this and the fact that records of the Federation were frequently being lost, it was decided at the meeting held at Bloomington in 1918, to appoint a Historian to compile the records or rather, write a story of the work that has been done up to the present time. Because of the fact that I have had an unusual opportunity to be present at practically every meeting of the State Federation and have been active in club work since its conception among colored women, I was given the task of writing this story.I unfortunately, cannot lay claim to any especial literary ability, but have undertaken the work with a sincerity of interest that I trust will overshadow any lack of fitness. The functions of this volume have to do with Club Women of prominence and character, who have accomplished deeds and are not surrounded with duties appealing to the imagination for appreciation or condemnation. The women herein mentioned, may be justly proud of their record, splendid enthusiasm, lofty ideals, patriotism and other achievements - the traditions of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs. Space has prevented in giving credit to ail the loyal women, who have made the club movement hi Illinois a success, nor am 1 able to extend my thanks and appreciation to the legion who have so heartily co-operated with me by furnishing data, advice and inspiration. My greatest desire in presenting this volume, is that those younger women among our ranks will find in it, information that will give them a greater appreciation of the work and usefullness of the "Pioneers" and that through this greater appreciation, they will be inspired to "Carry On." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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