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Womanpower unlimited and the black freedom struggle in Mississippi

Author: Tiyi Makeda Morris
Publisher: Athens The University of Georgia Press 2015
Series: Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Provides the first comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi-based women's organization Womanpower Unlimited. Founded in 1961 by Clarie Collins Harvey, the organization was created initially to provide aid to the Freedom Riders, who were unjustly arrested and tortured in the Mississippi jails, Womanpower Unlimited expanded its activism to include programs such as voter registration drives, youth  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tiyi Makeda Morris
ISBN: 9780820347301 0820347302 9780820347318 0820347310 9780820347936 0820347930
OCLC Number: 931715160
Description: XVI, 237 Seiten
Contents: Introduction: "Women are the humanizers of the struggle" : Black women's legacy of activism"It was just women who dared to dream" : the emergence of Womanpower Unlimited --
"You could just see things being accomplished" : the women who built the movement --
"'cause I love my people" : sustaining the people and the movement --
"We who believe in freedom" : interracial cooperation and peace activism --
"Welcome, ladies, to Magnolialand" : Womanpower and Wednesdays Women --
"When there was a need" : ministering to the people --
Conclusion: Women's power transformed : joining forces with the National Council of Negro Women --
Epilogue: "This woman's work" : activism in the post-civil rights Years.
Series Title: Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South
Responsibility: Tiyi M. Morris

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"Provides the first comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi-based women's organization Womanpower Unlimited. Founded in 1961 by Clarie Collins Harvey, the organization was created initially to provide aid to the Freedom Riders, who were unjustly arrested and tortured in the Mississippi jails, Womanpower Unlimited expanded its activism to include programs such as voter registration drives, youth education, and participation in Women Strike for Peace. Womanpower Unlimited proved to be not only a significant organization with regard to civil rights activism in Mississippi, but also a spearhead movement for revitalizing Black women's social and political activism in the state. This study contributes to our understanding of how the civil rights movement was sustained in Mississippi through grassroots activism, and also foregrounds women's activism as an integral component of this leadership. In this process, Morris engages contemporary theoretical questions about leadership, support work, and gendered activism within the movement while demonstrating a broad human rights agenda"--Provided by publisher

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Tiyi Morris brings black women's activism into full view, adding great insight and depth to our understanding of local movement history and the contributions of African American women to it.--Vicki Read more...

 
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