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

Still Lifting, Still Climbing

African American Women's Contemporary Activism

By: Kimberly Springer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780814781258
Number Of Pages: 353

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A valuable resourceagrave;the names of the authors and activists within it are undoubtedly ones we will encounter again and again over the decades to come. -Sojourner 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.

"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."


Introduction: African American Women Redefining Activism for the Millenniump. 1
African American Women's Political Voices
Barbara Smith: A Home Girl with a Missionp. 17
To Be Young, Female, and Blackp. 25
Four Mission Statementsp. 37
Vision Statementp. 37
We Rememberp. 38
African American Women in Defense of Ourselvesp. 42
M.I.T. Conference
M.I.T. Conference: Final Resolutionp. 43
Our Continuous Struggle: Activism Born of the 1960s Era
"Triple Jeopardy": Black Women and the Growth of Feminist Consciousness in SNCC, 1964-1975p. 49
The Making of the Vanguard Center: Black Feminist Emergence in the 1960s and 1970sp. 70
"Inside Our Dangerous Ranks": The Autobiography of Elaine Brown and the Black Panther Partyp. 91
Racial Unity in the Grass Roots? A Case Study of a Women's Social Service Organizationp. 107
"Necessity Was the Midwife of Our Politics": Black Women's Health Activism in the "Post"-Civil Rights Era (1980-1996)p. 131
Black Women in Congress during the Post-Civil Rights Movement Erap. 149
Contemporary African American Women's Activism
Engendering the Pan-African Movement: Field Notes from the All-African Women's Revolutionary Unionp. 167
Talking Black, Talking Feminist: Gendered Micromobilization Processes in a Collective Protest against Rapep. 189
ONAMOVE: African American Women Confronting the Prison Crisisp. 219
Behind But Not Forgotten: Women and the Behind-the-Scenes Organizing of the Million Man Marchp. 241
Crossing Lines: Mandy Carter, Grassroots Activism, and Mobilization '96p. 259
Documenting the Struggle: African American Women as Media Artists, Media Activistsp. 275
"Workers Just Like Anyone Else": Organizing Workfare Unions in New York Cityp. 297
Epilogue: African American Women's Activism in the Global Arenap. 325
Indexp. 341
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ISBN: 9780814781258
ISBN-10: 081478125X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 353
Published: 1st August 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.44  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.53