Today, the spirit of Jane Addams (Rockford College alumna) lives on at Rockford College.
As Jane Addams’ college in the 21st century, we seek to create a world that is more just, more humane and more democratic.
Her father was an Illinois legislator, a friend of Abraham Lincoln, and a Rockford College trustee. It is not surprising then, that John Addams insisted that his youngest daughter attend Rockford Female Seminary, even though she begged to attend an “eastern school.”
At Rockford College, she was elected president of her class and was chosen to deliver the 1881 valedictory address. With these words, she presaged the remarkable impact she would one day make:
“We stand today united in a belief in beauty, genius and courage, and that these can transform the world.”
Jane Addams began her lifelong crusade for justice and equality not long after she graduated from Rockford College when, in 1889, she established Hull-House in Chicago. There, she created a myriad of programs – nurseries, college courses, art classes, sports leagues – for people of all beliefs and ethnic backgrounds.
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