A Nickel and A Prayer.
“One of the most influential African American social activists of the early-to-mid-twenthieth century” (publishers, 2011 ed.)
Autobiography of Jane Edna Hunter (1892–1971), a nurse and lawyer, and noted for her commitment to help Black American women.
A South Carolinian-native born to sharecropper parents, Hunter trained in Charleston to be a nurse and later at the Hampton Institute in Virginia. Afterwards, “she moved to Cleveland, Ohio to seek employment and felt firsthand the difficulties of an African American woman in a large city. With the help of friends she founded the Working Girls’ Home Association where unemployed women could find shelter, resources, and education. By 1912 the home was expanded and known as the Phillis Wheatley Association. In 1925 Jane passed the Ohio bar examination having graduated from Baldwin-Wallace Law School in Cleveland. Her autobiography, A Nickel and A Prayer, tells of her struggles and was published in 1940.” (Bagby, Ellen. African American Women In Education accessed online).
Hunter was nominated for the NAACP’s Spingarn Award and receiving honorary degrees from Tuskegee Institute and Wilberforce College. Brignano (rev) 185.
Description: A Nickel and A Prayer.
[Nashville: Parthenon Press / Eli Kani Publishing Co.] (1940). Frontis portrait, 211 pages. Second printing. Octavo. Publisher’s original cloth and pictorial dust jacket. A Near Fine copy in a lightly chipped and spine-sunned pictorial dustwrapper.
NB. This copy formerly owned by one Edith V. Sherman, possibly a woman we identify as being a member the Altrusa Club of Akron (i.e., Altrusa, Altrusa International), a benevolent society founded in 1917 and focused on community service.