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Quakerism and African American History

In honor of Black History Month, we took a quick peek at Quaker History to better understand Quakerism’s role in abolitionism. Quakers were some of the earliest citizens to rebuke slavery in the colonies, going so far as to petition the U.S. Congress to abolish slavery in 1790. To put this into perspective, the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which abolishes slavery, was not ratified until almost a hundred years later, in April of 1864.

Women also played a vital role in the pursuit of a more equal America. Lucretia Mott, a Quaker suffragette, was a vocal abolitionist, going so far as to boycott the use of cotton, cane sugar and other goods produced by slaves. Mott also founded a women’s abolitionist society. In addition, Quakers were a vital part of the Underground Railroad. John Hopper, a Philadelphia Quaker, was one of many who hid slaves in various safe houses, and was known for finding loopholes to win court cases to help free slaves.

To read more about Quakers and African American History we recommend: Fit for Freedom, Not for Friendship: Quakers, African Americans, and the Myth of Racial Justice by Donna McDaniel and Vanessa D. Julye.

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Three Ways to Have More Grit in the Workplace

Angela Duckworth is impressive.

A McArthur Grant recipient and currently a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, writing a book might be Duckworth’s least impressive accomplishment. Grit, her debut publication, aims to highlight how grit, or that “stick-withitness” quality, is the key to success both personally and professionally. Duckworth shares insight into how effort is often forsaken in the name of talent – despite what we would like to believe – but how effort, not talent, is the key to success.

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A Guide to Avoiding Governance Pitfalls

Can we talk about your Board of Directors?

Like many organizations, your board is likely full of educated, insightful folks who are brimming with passion and dedication for the work you do. 

Yet even the most functional of boards is not immune to miscommunication, conflict or other snafus.

With this in mind, our President/CEO Jane Mack penned the article "Principles of Good Governance," a guide to the potential governance pitfalls that might occur−and how to avoid them. 

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