Black Suffragists and Civil Rights Activists

Black women suffragists identified black men’s unjust disfranchisement as a significant problem and then linked it to black women’s struggle for the vote and for equality.

Lecture Description

Seeing voting rights as a collective responsibility to better the lives of the entire black community, activists like Mary Church Terrell fought for full citizenship rights, criminal justice reform, and anti-lynching legislation. Black women created the National Association of Colored Women in 1896, the first national secular black organization to advocate racial and sexual equality. This talk focuses on how and why black women led the long freedom struggle.


Civil Rights Women's Rights, Activism, and Suffrage

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