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From the Publisher"A valuable resource…the names of the authors and activists within it are undoubtedly ones we will encounter again and again over the decades to come.”
Still Lifting, Still Climbing is the first volume of its kind to document African American women's activism in the wake of the civil rights movement.
Covering grassroots and national movements alike, contributors explore black women's mobilization around such areas as the black nationalist movements, the Million Man March, black feminism, anti-rape movements, mass incarceration, the U.S. Congress, welfare rights, health care, and labor organizing. Detailing the impact of post-1960s African American women's activism, they provide a much-needed update to the historical narrative.
Ideal for course use, the volume includes original essays as well as primary source documents such as first-hand accounts of activism and statements of purpose. Each contributor carefully situates their topic within its historical framework, providing an accessible context for those unfamiliar with black women's history, and demonstrating that African American women's political agency does not emerge from a vacuum, but is part of a complex system of institutions, economics, and personal beliefs.
This ambitious volume will be an invaluable resource on the state of contemporary African American women's activism.
|Introduction: African American Women Redefining Activism for the Millennium||1|
|Pt. I||African American Women's Political Voices|
|1||Barbara Smith: A Home Girl with a Mission||17|
|2||To Be Young, Female, and Black||25|
|3||Four Mission Statements||37|
|African American Women in Defense of Ourselves||42|
|M.I.T. Conference: Final Resolution||43|
|Pt. II||Our Continuous Struggle: Activism Born of the 1960s Era|
|4||"Triple Jeopardy": Black Women and the Growth of Feminist Consciousness in SNCC, 1964-1975||49|
|5||The Making of the Vanguard Center: Black Feminist Emergence in the 1960s and 1970s||70|
|6||"Inside Our Dangerous Ranks": The Autobiography of Elaine Brown and the Black Panther Party||91|
|7||Racial Unity in the Grass Roots? A Case Study of a Women's Social Service Organization||107|
|8||"Necessity Was the Midwife of Our Politics": Black Women's Health Activism in the "Post"-Civil Rights Era (1980-1996)||131|
|9||Black Women in Congress during the Post-Civil Rights Movement Era||149|
|Pt. III||Contemporary African American Women's Activism|
|10||Engendering the Pan-African Movement: Field Notes from the All-African Women's Revolutionary Union||167|
|11||Talking Black, Talking Feminist: Gendered Micromobilization Processes in a Collective Protest against Rape||189|
|12||ONAMOVE: African American Women Confronting the Prison Crisis||219|
|13||Behind But Not Forgotten: Women and the Behind-the-Scenes Organizing of the Million Man March||241|
|14||Crossing Lines: Mandy Carter, Grassroots Activism, and Mobilization '96||259|
|15||Documenting the Struggle: African American Women as Media Artists, Media Activists||275|
|16||"Workers Just Like Anyone Else": Organizing Workfare Unions in New York City||297|
|Epilogue: African American Women's Activism in the Global Arena||325|