Lighting the fires of freedom : African American women in the civil rights movement

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Lighting the fires of freedom : African American women in the civil rights movement

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During the Civil Rights Movement, African American women did not stand on ceremony; they simply did the work that needed to be done. Yet despite their significant contributions at all levels of the movement, they remain mostly invisible to the larger public. Beyond Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, most Americans would be hard-pressed to name other leaders at the community, local, and national levels.

In Lighting the Fires of Freedom Janet Dewart Bell shines a light on women’s all-too-often overlooked achievements in the Movement. Through wide-ranging conversations with nine women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories, we hear what ignited and fueled their activism, as Bell vividly captures their inspiring voices. Lighting the Fires of Freedom offers these deeply personal and intimate accounts of extraordinary struggles for justice that resulted in profound social change, stories that are vital and relevant today.

A vital document for understanding the Civil Rights Movement, Lighting the Fires of Freedom is an enduring testament to the vitality of women’s leadership during one of the most dramatic periods of American history.

Department

Leadership, Management & Business

ISBN

978-1620973356

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

The New Press

Keywords

Civil Rights Movement, African American Women, Biography

Disciplines

American Politics | Inequality and Stratification | Leadership Studies | Political Science | Race and Ethnicity | Sociology of Culture

Lighting the fires of freedom : African American women in the civil rights movement

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