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Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark
     

Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark

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by Katherine Mellen Charron
 

In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charron demonstrates

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In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charron demonstrates Clark's crucial role—and the role of many black women teachers—in making education a cornerstone of the twentieth-century freedom struggle. Using Clark's life as a lens, Charron sheds valuable new light on southern black women's activism in national, state, and judicial politics, from the Progressive Era to the civil rights movement and beyond.

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A carefully researched and beautifully written study that absorbs the reader from the first paragraph. . . . An engaging synthesis of the major events and personalities of twentieth-century South Carolina. . . . An essential text for students of educational history, women's history, and the civil rights movement.—North Carolina Historical Review

This biography will enlighten anyone interested in the black freedom struggle, the classic phase of the civil rights movement, and women's history.—Tennessee Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807872222
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
629,601
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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When Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he insisted that Septima Clark accompany him to Stockholm. King recognized the critical role Clark played in the civil rights movement. Perhaps more effectively than anyone else, Clark blended legal and direct action. In this important contribution to the history of the civil rights movement, Charron presents a powerful and moving portrait of Septima Clark and highlights some of the ways African American women defined the role of citizenship schools. Charron offers a fresh perspective and challenges our understanding of this critical period. Remarkable for its precision, intelligence, and heart, this thoughtful narrative demonstrates the enormous diversity of the movement.—Orville Vernon Burton, Burroughs Chair of Southern History and Culture, Coastal Carolina University

Freedom's Teacher is at once an intimate biography of a civil rights leader and a sweeping reconsideration of the civil rights era. By placing the schoolhouse alongside the church as a key site of struggle, bringing to visibility a hidden history of black women's educational activism, and demonstrating the subtle interplay of race and gender, Katherine Charron allows us to see both women's leadership and the freedom struggle in a revelatory new light.—Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Meet the Author

Katherine Mellen Charron is associate professor of history at North Carolina State University. She is coeditor of William Henry Singleton's Recollections of My Slavery Days.

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Freedom's Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How far we have come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. A fascinating look back at how far we have come.