"G" is for Grimké, Archibald Henry (1849-1930)

May 31, 2018

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"G" is for Grimké, Archibald Henry (1849-1930). Activist, scholar. Grimké was the son of Henry Grimké, a planter, and Nancy Weston, a slave. After the Civil War, Grimké enrolled in a school for former slaves whose principal arranged for him to attend Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. His academic performance came to the attention of his aunt, the abolitionist Angelina Grimké Weld who acknowledged the relationship and helped him further his education. After college he became active in politics and was appointed American consul to the Dominican Republic. He later settled in Washington, D.C., where from 1903 to 1919 he served as president of the American Negro Academy, the leading intellectual organization for African Americans. From1913 to 1923 Archibald Henry Grimké devoted himself to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, serving on its national board.