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

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Kimberly Springer
NYU Press, Aug 1, 1999 - Social Science - 353 pages
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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. 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.

 

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Contents

African American Women Redefining
1
A Home Girl with a Mission
17
To Be Young Female and Black
25
Four Mission Statements
37
Black Women and the Growth
49
Black Feminist
70
The Autobiography
91
Racial Unity in the Grass Roots? A Case Study of
107
Field Notes
167
Gendered
189
African American Women Confronting
219
Women and
241
Mandy Carter Grassroots Activism
259
African American Women
275
Organizing
297
African American Womens Activism
325

Black
131
Black Women in Congress during the PostCivil
149

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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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