Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961)

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Jessie Redmon Fauset (1882-1961) wrote several poems, essays, and short stories for Crisis magazine as well as four novels. She graduated as the only African American student from Philadelphia’s High School for Girls and applied to Bryn Mawr College, but the college helped her obtain financial aid to attend Cornell University instead of granting her admission. After college, Fauset tried to find a teaching job but was denied employment because of her race and sex until she found a high school teaching job in Baltimore and then in Washington, D.C. Sociologist and political activist W.E.B. DuBois asked her to move to New York City to work as the literary editor of Crisis in 1919, and she accepted. She edited and published the magazine as well as contributing some of her own work. Fauset also edited the NAACP’s monthly children’s magazine The Brownie’s Book and published her four novels during this time. Her poems published in Crisis include “Rondeau,” “La Vie C’est La Vie,” and “’Courage!’ He Said.” Fauset enjoyed using set structure and rhyme schemes in her poetry, and incorporated a lot of emotion into it. DC Writers’ Homes: "Wide Enough for Our Ambition: DC's Segregation African American Schools (1807-1954)" by Kim Roberts, Humanities Council of Washington, DC:

Written by Word Works intern Monica Root October 2013

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