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Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle (Paperback)
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Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 30/05/2018
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When women were denied a major speaking role at the 1963 March on Washington, Dorothy Height, head of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), organized her own women's conference for the very next day. Defying the March's male organizers, Height helped harness the womanpower waiting in the wings. Height's careful tactics and quiet determination come to the fore in this first history of the NCNW, the largest black women's organization in the United States at the height of the civil rights, Black Power, and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Offering a sweeping view of the NCNW's behind-the-scenes efforts to fight racism, poverty, and sexism in the late twentieth century, Rebecca Tuuri examines how the group teamed with U.S. presidents, foundations, and grassroots activists alike to implement a number of important domestic development and international aid projects. Drawing on original interviews, extensive organizational records, and other rich sources, Tuuri's work narrates the achievements of a set of seemingly moderate, elite activists, who were able to use their personal, financial, and social connections to push for change as they facilitated grassroots, cooperative, and radical activism.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469638904
Number of pages: 328
Dimensions: 235 x 155 mm


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Provides an exemplary account for understanding the often blurry lines between moderates and movements.--Black Perspectives


Joins a long list of historical scholarship on the role of black women in the long freedom struggle. Tuuri makes a unique contribution to the growing body of literature by focusing on black middle-class women via the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). . . . Strategic Sisterhood is a much-needed corrective that will surely inspire important additional work.--Journal of American History


Tells important stories of women on both sides of the movement for Black liberation . . . [it is] extremely accessible and would be useful to scholars of social movements, Black studies, women's studies, and generally anyone who seeks to be inspired by phenomenal women.--The Sixties


Strategic Sisterhood adds to the expanding narrative of mid- and late-twentieth-century struggles to fight racism, sexism, and poverty. The National Council of Negro Women's institutional history and, especially, Dorothy Height's ability to work behind the scenes to create change highlight the ways individuals and organizations worked together to move the country forward.--Journal of Southern History

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