Many Strides to Freedom: African American Women’s Unsung Contributions and Legacies


Janelle Carter-Robinson, Ph.D. (Editor)
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL, US

Series: African American Women
BISAC: HIS036050

“To struggle and battle and overcome and absolutely defeat every force designed against us is the only way to achieve.”- Nannie Helen Burroughs

African American women have been integral to the various fights for equality throughout American history. Their importance to the movement occurred long before lifelong activist Rosa Parks became the catalyst in the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. Who are the countless and often nameless black women who risked their lives and worked tirelessly to fight for the equality of black people in this country? From slavery to the modern day civil rights movement, the contributions of African American women are often overlooked in the retelling of history, but their contributions were critical in the battle for racial equality. They were grassroots organizers, strategists, and educators. Due to their selflessness and kindness, these black women became heroines of the movement. This book seeks to unearth the contributions of African American women throughout various periods of American history.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Surviving in Bondage: The Enslaved African American Woman’s Experience
(Jetaun Bailey, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL, US)

Chapter 2. African American Women in the Abolition Movement: The Fight for Freedom
(Travis Robinson, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, US)

Chapter 3. Anna Julia Cooper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell: Foremothers of Scholarship, Social Justice Activism and Black Women’s Empowerment
(Anthony B. Mitchell, Sr., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, US)

Chapter 4. Mamie Phipps Clark: The Forgotten Pioneer
(Karen Ethridge, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL, US)

Chapter 5. Her Voice Will Make a Mighty Roar: African American Women Student Led Activism During the Civil Rights Movement
(Janelle Renee Carter-Robinson, Ph.D., Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL, US)

Chapter 6. A Clarion Call: Heroines of the Freedom Rides Movement
(Tonya Davis, Ph.D. and Katherine Whitaker, Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL, US)

Chapter 7. Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Black Mississippians Fight for the Right to Vote and the Summer of Freedom
(Jaida D. Carter, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, US)

Chapter 8. African American Women’s Clubs: Perseverance, Resistance, and Declination
(Jalonta Y. Jackson and Norissa Williams, Ph.D., Troy University, Troy, AL, US, and others)


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