Sisters in the struggle [electronic resource] : African American women in the civil rights-black power movement / edited by Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P. Franklin.

New York : New York University Press, c2001.
1 online resource (376 p.)

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Women were at the forefront of the civil rights struggle, but their individual stories were rarely heard. Only recently have historians begun to recognize the central role women played in the battle for racial equality. In Sisters 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 segregation-Rosa 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.
Front matter
Introduction: In the Whip of the Whirlwind
Chapter 1. “Closed Doors”
Chapter 2. For the Race in General and Black Women in Particular
Chapter 3. Behind-the-Scenes View of a Behind-the-Scenes Organizer
Chapter 4. “Tired of Giving In”
Chapter 5. “Heirs to a Legacy of Struggle”
Chapter 6. “We Wanted the Voice of a Woman to Be Heard”
Chapter 7. “We Seek to Know . . . in Order to Speak the Truth”
Chapter 8. African American Women in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
Chapter 9. Anger, Memory, and Personal Power
Chapter 10. “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”
Chapter 11. Black Women and Black Power
Chapter 12. “Ironies of the Saint”
Chapter 13. “No One Ever Asks What a Man’s Role in the Revolution Is”
Chapter 14. “Joanne Is You and Joanne Is Me”
Chapter 15. From the Kennedy Commission to the Combahee Collective
Chapter 16. The Civil Rights–Black Power Legacy
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-341) and index.
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Collier-Thomas, Bettye.
Franklin, V. P. (Vincent P.), 1947-
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10.18574/9780814790380 doi