"[Women in the Civil Rights Movement] helps break the gender line that restricted women in civil rights history to background and backstage roles, and places them in front, behind, and in the middle of the Southern movement that re-made America.... It is an invaluable resource which helps set history straight." Julian Bond
"... remains one of the best single sources currently available on the unique contributions of Black women in the desegregation movement." Manning Marable
Rewrites the history of the civil rights movement, recognizing the contributions of Black women.
The scholarly essays in this volume indicate ``that women had a multiplicity of roles in the civil rights movement and that not all experienced it in the same way.'' Articles range from surveys of black women's roles to those examining the struggles of specific groups of women during events such as the Montgomery bus boycott. Several papers highlight individual achievements, e.g., Fannie Lou Hamer or Septima P. Clark. Many works on the history of the Civil Rights movement have appeared recently, including Taylor Branch's Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 (LJ 1/89) and Robert Weisbrot's Freedom Bound: A History of America's Civil Rights Movement (Norton, 1990). However, the papers here represent the first scholarly study focused on black women . This important work belongs in all academic and large public libraries. --Cindy Faries, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., University Park