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Article-a-Day #4: Messy Nessy-Girl Friends, Inc: The African American Social Clubs of Yesteryear

It all started over a pot of stew in the summer of 1927. Eunice Shreeves rang a fews friends to come over to her New York home, break bread, and make a few more memories before heading their separate ways for college. The Harlem Renaissance was at its peak, and these ladies were headed to some of the first schools in the country to open their doors to black Americans (i.e. Howard and Cheyney University). The women’s social club that blossomed from their dinner party — henceforth known as Girl Friends, Inc. — was just one of many organisations from that era that carved out a space to uplift black communities. So put on your white gloves, and let’s step out with a few of them…