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Drusilla Dunjee Houston

From: United States: Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia
Fields: Activism and Social Service, Education, History, Journalism and Broadcasting
Drusilla Dunjee Houston was an African-American born in 1876 in Winchester, Virginia, U.S.A. Her father was an educator and a fund raiser for the American Baptist Home Mission Society. It was from him that she inherited the sense of pride in her race.

Houston lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota before she settled in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she worked with her brother, Roscoe Dunjee, the editor of the Black Dispatch. Reading The Negro by W.E.B. Du Bois compelled her to research the history of her race and its contributions to civilization.

In 1926 she self-published The Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire. Originally, it was meant to be a three-volume set, but only one volume was published. She attempted to show in her book that African-Americans came from a worthy race of people with significant history. Houston's book was reprinted in 1985 by the Black Classic Press.

Contributed by Danuta Bois, 1997.

The Book of African-American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters by Tonya Bolden, Adams Media Corporation, 1996


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