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Author Morris, Tiyi Makeda, author

Title Womanpower Unlimited and the Black freedom struggle in Mississippi / Tiyi M. Morris
Published Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 237 pages) : illustrations
Series Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South
Politics and culture in the twentieth-century South.
Contents Introduction: "Women are the humanizers of the struggle" : Black women's legacy of activism -- "It was just women who dared to dream" : the emergence of Womanpower Unlimited -- "You could just see things being accomplished" : the women who built the movement -- "'cause I love my people" : sustaining the people and the movement -- "We who believe in freedom" : interracial cooperation and peace activism -- "Welcome, ladies, to Magnolialand" : Womanpower and Wednesdays Women -- "When there was a need" : ministering to the people -- Conclusion: Women's power transformed : joining forces with the National Council of Negro Women -- Epilogue: "This woman's work" : activism in the post-civil rights Years
Summary "Provides the first comprehensive examination of the Jackson, Mississippi-based women's organization Womanpower Unlimited. Founded in 1961 by Clarie Collins Harvey, the organization was created initially to provide aid to the Freedom Riders, who were unjustly arrested and tortured in the Mississippi jails, Womanpower Unlimited expanded its activism to include programs such as voter registration drives, youth education, and participation in Women Strike for Peace. Womanpower Unlimited proved to be not only a significant organization with regard to civil rights activism in Mississippi, but also a spearhead movement for revitalizing Black women's social and political activism in the state. This study contributes to our understanding of how the civil rights movement was sustained in Mississippi through grassroots activism, and also foregrounds women's activism as an integral component of this leadership. In this process, Morris engages contemporary theoretical questions about leadership, support work, and gendered activism within the movement while demonstrating a broad human rights agenda"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Womanpower Unlimited -- History.
African American women civil rights workers -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
African American women political activists -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
African American women -- Mississippi -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Mississippi -- History -- 20th century.
Mississippi -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0820347930 (electronic bk.)
9780820347936 (electronic bk.)
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