A Story of Interracial Friendship and Social Activism: Unitarian Reformers Celia Parker Woolley (1848-1918) and Fannie Barrier Williams (1855-1944)

Celia Parker Woolley and Fannie Barrier Williams were members of All Souls Unitarian Church in Chicago, and fast friends for 30 years. The two women—one white, the other “colored” (the word she preferred to “negro”)—were prominent leaders in the community who challenged the color line, and received national recognition as effective social reformers. The primary focus of this presentation will be the powerful addresses Woolley and Williams gave at the first World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.