Sisters in the Struggle African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement

ISBN-10: 0814716032

ISBN-13: 9780814716038

Edition: 2001

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Read the Introduction . Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2002 "Sisters in the Struggleis a powerful, inspirational and insightful book that takes the reader on a journey into the lives of some of the nation's most gifted and courageous African American women leaders, feminist organizers, and Black Power advocates. It was through the dint of their efforts that they helped shape and define what American society should become. These "sheroes" remind us that the prices they paid for freedom bequeathed a legacy of human dignity and opportunity that must be sustained by generations to follow." Joyce A. Ladner, author ofTomorrow's Tomorrow: The Black Woman If Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin had only gathered together a distinguished group of scholars to document the role woman played in the black freedom movement, their contribution would be immense. ButSisters in the Struggleis more than an acknowledgement and celebration of black woman's activism. It is a major revision of history, revealing that black women were the critical thinkers, strategists, fighters, and dreamers of the movement. Black feminists developed a social vision expansive enough to emancipate us all." Robin D.G. Kelley, author ofRace Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class Women were at the forefront of the civil rights struggle, but their indvidiual stories were rarely heard. Only recently have historians begun to recognize the central role women played in the battle for racial equality. InSisters in the Struggle, we hear about the unsung heroes of the civil rights movements such as Ella Baker, who helped found the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper who took on segregation in the Democratic party (and won), and Septima Clark, who created a network of "Citizenship Schools" to teach poor Black men and women to read and write and help them to register to vote. We learn of Black women's activism in the Black Panther Party where they fought the police, as well as the entrenched male leadership, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, where the behind-the-scenes work of women kept the organization afloat when it was under siege. It also includes first-person testimonials from the women who made headlines with their courageous resistance to segregationRosa Parks, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Dorothy Height. This collection represents the coming of age of African-American women's history and presents new stories that point the way to future study. Contributors: Bettye Collier-Thomas, Vicki Crawford, Cynthia Griggs Fleming, V. P. Franklin, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Duchess Harris, Sharon Harley, Dorothy I. Height, Chana Kai Lee, Tracye Matthews, Genna Rae McNeil, Rosa Parks, Barbara Ransby, Jacqueline A. Rouse, Elaine Moore Smith, and Linda Faye Williams.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 363
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Bettye Collier-Thomas is Professor of History and Director of the Center for African-American History and Culture at Temple University. She is the author of Daughters of Thunder: Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons and co-author, with V.P. Franklin, of My Soul is a Witness: A Chronology of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1965.

V.P. Franklin is Distinguished Professor of History at Drexel University. He is the author of several books, including Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography and Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths: Autobiography and the Making of the African-American Intellectual Tradition .

Introduction: In the Whip of the Whirlwindp. 1
Laying the Groundwork: African American Women and Civil Rights Before 1950p. 9
"Closed Doors": Mary McLeod Bethune on Civil Rightsp. 11
For the Race in General and Black Women in Particular: The Civil Rights Activities of African American Women's Organizations, 1915-50p. 21
Behind-the-Scenes View of a Behind-the-Scenes Organizer: The Roots of Ella Baker's Political Passionsp. 42
Personal Narrativesp. 59
"Tired of Giving In": The Launching of the Montgomery Bus Boycottp. 61
"Heirs to a Legacy of Struggle": Charlayne Hunter Integrates the University of Georgiap. 75
"We Wanted the Voice of a Woman to Be Heard": Black Women and the 1963 March on Washingtonp. 83
Women, Leadership, and Civil Rightsp. 93
"We Seek to Know ... in Order to Speak the Truth": Nurturing the Seeds of Discontent - Septima P. Clark and Participatory Leadershipp. 95
African American Women in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Partyp. 121
Anger, Memory, and Personal Power: Fannie Lou Hamer and Civil Rights Leadershipp. 139
From Civil Rights to Black Power: African American Women and Nationalismp. 171
"Chronicle of a Death Foretold": Gloria Richardson, the Cambridge Movement, and the Radical Black Activist Traditionp. 174
Black Women and Black Power: The Case of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committeep. 197
"Ironies of the Saint": Malcolm X, Black Women, and the Price of Protectionp. 214
"No One Ever Asks What a Man's Role in the Revolution Is": Gender Politics and Leadership in the Black Panther Party, 1966-71p. 230
Law, Feminism, and Politicsp. 257
"Joanne Is You and Joanne Is Me": A Consideration of African American Women and the "Free Joan Little" Movement, 1974-75p. 259
From the Kennedy Commission to the Combahee Collective: Black Feminist Organizing, 1960-80p. 280
The Civil Rights-Black Power Legacy: Black Women Elected Officials at the Local, State, and National Levelsp. 306
Selected Bibliographyp. 333
Permissionsp. 343
Contributorsp. 345
Indexp. 349
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