Spring 2021 Educator Guide

Image of Frederick Douglass, the Frederick Douglass House, and Mary B. Talbert

Fight to End Racism and Inequality

Mary Burnett Talbert achieved significant political and social change in the decades before she was given the right to vote. In her article, As No Other Woman, Lillian Serece Williams details the extraordinary achievement of Talbert in the area of racial and social justice during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A close look at Talbert’s life shows the power of one individual when they fight to bring about justice and equality for those around them.

Compelling Question:
How do individuals make positive changes in their local, national, global communities?

Setting the Stage: 
Show this video from pbslearningmedia.org to begin a discussion about what it means to be anti-racist.

What Does it Mean to be Anti-Racist? Above the Noise


Guided Reading Questions                                                                    Link to Full Article

1. What did Mary Burnett Talbert believe?

2. How did Talbert fight to end lynchings?

3. Where was Mary Burnett Talbert born?

4. List three ways Talbert sought justice?

5. What did Talbert do for a living?

6. What was the Talbert Family known for?

7. What was the Phyllis Wheatley Club?

8. Why did Talbert protest the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo in 1901?

9. List two ways Talbert used the local media to address racial and social issues.

10. Why was Talbert awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal and why was this a significant event?

11. What was the purpose of the 1916 Amenia Conference?

12. Why did Talbert travel to Europe?

13. What did Talbert do for Children's Rights?

14. List three ways Mary Talbert proved that individuals can make positive changes in their community?

Document Analysis

Group of Attendees from the 1916 Amenia Conference

Analysis Questions

1. Where was this photograph taken?

2. When was it taken?

3. How are the people dressed?

4. Describe the people in this photograph.

5. Using information from the article and evidence from this photograph, explain why this group came together.