Vital Voices: Women as Bridge Leaders in the Civil Rights Movement

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women, civil rights, leadership, community activism, civil rights movement, racial equality


African American Studies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | United States History | Women's Studies


By the mid 1950's the stage had been set for an unprecedented decade in American history. A decade which caused the most significant change in the social, political, and economic fabric of this nation. The impetus for the civil right's movement came from the spirits of countless black Americans who had given their lives during slavery, sacrificed a sense of self-worth during sharecropping, and organized church and community groups in an effort to establish solidarity within an oppressed community. These efforts provided the organizational strength for a movement which soon caught the attention of both the media and white America. These isolated acts of defiance fed the fuel to a fire which had been burning in the hearts of black people for decades and gave them the inspiration to continue on a path we are still struggling to reach.

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