Black Women & the Civil Rights Movement

Lecture Description

While mainstream historical narratives tend to focus on the political work of men such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis, Black women played instrumental roles in shaping the Civil Rights Movement. These women were community organizers and leaders, sustaining the movement as it grew from local communities into a national struggle. Black women, such as Ella Baker, Diana Nash, Jo Ann Robinson and Fannie Lou Hamer, were central to the movement’s success. In this talk, Dr. Blain highlights the significance of these women’s activism during the 1950s and 1960s and brings to light some of the resistance they encountered as women organizing in male-dominated spaces. The talk also emphasizes solutions for how we can confront some of the persistent challenges of sexism and misogyny today.

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African American Women

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