Ethel Ernestine Harper

April 2, 2021
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“You can no more teach what you haven’t learned than you can come back from where you haven’t been.”

Harper was the final woman to take on the role of “Aunt Jemima” for promotional appearances.

  • Born in Alabama, Harper became an orphan at the age of 9 and graduated from college at 17.
  • She became a teacher before moving to NYC, appearing on Broadway.
  • She later became a leader in her NJ community, volunteering and reportedly becoming the first black history teacher in the county.

Quaker Oats announced Wednesday it will remove the name & image of Aunt Jemima from its products: "We recognize Aunt Jemima's origins are based on a racial stereotype." The Aunt Jemima brand has existed for 130 years. Uncle Ben's & Land o' Lakes also announced changes to their branding for similar reasons.

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