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By Chelsea Chalk

DONALDSON –Dr. Marcia Egan presented a lecture entitled “Looking Back, Stepping Forward: Angelina, Sarah and Social Justice” as a part of the college’s Lampen Lecture series Monday, March 16.

Dr. Marcia Egan, resident of Maria Center, simply wanted to share her love of books and learning. Based on the book The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Dr. Egan painted a picture of North Carolina at the turn of the century as well as a peek into the lives of Angelina and Sarah Grimke, amazing activists of the day. The attendees were invited to “look back, step forward” as it related to glaring inequalities surrounding women’s rights and the issue of slavery.

“It is unbelievable,” said Sister Jolise May, vice-president of mission integration at Ancilla College, “that women, such as the Grimke sisters, Susan B. Anthony , Lucretia Mott and others were the ones who did the leg-work that passed the thirteenth Amendment and ended slavery in the United States. Their voices from the past call each of us to end the remnants of slavery that still exist in our society. They pass on their strength and courage of conviction to live our national declaration that ‘All men (women) are created equal.’ “

Ancilla College (, part of The Center at Donaldson, offers 18 associate degrees and 10 athletic programs. Since 1937, the College has been a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It is a small, private, liberal arts school in Donaldson, Indiana. It is located two miles south of U.S. 30 on Union Road near Plymouth, Indiana.


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

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