Still Lifting, Still Climbing: African American Women's Contemporary Activism / Edition 1

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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. Derailing 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.

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"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.”


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814781258
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 353
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Springer is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at King's College London. She specializes in social movements, mass media, and digital cultures.

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Table of Contents

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
Vision Statement 37
We Remember 38
African American Women in Defense of Ourselves 42
M.I.T. Conference
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
Index 341
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