Complicating Local Black Leadership: Gender, Class, and Local Movements

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Black leadership usually connotes images of male preachers (and now a president) at podiums. These images document only one type of leadership – the formal figureheads – and obscures how women and young people forged spaces where they could fortify and assert their authority to organize others. Using the case study of the civil rights struggle organized in Clarksdale, Mississippi, this lecture considers those hidden in plain sight at the local level and demands more expansive definitions for leadership to reflect local realities.


African American Leadership

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