Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965 by Davis W. Houck, David E. Dixon

By Davis W. Houck, David E. Dixon

Historians have lengthy agreed that women--black and white--were instrumental in shaping the civil rights move. until eventually lately, although, such claims haven't been supported via simply accessed texts of speeches and addresses. With this first-of-its-kind anthology, Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon current thirty-nine full-text addresses by way of ladies who spoke out whereas the fight was once at its so much excessive. starting with the Brown determination in 1954 and increasing during the vote casting Rights Act of 1965, the editors chronicle the original and significant rhetorical contributions made through such famous activists as Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Daisy Bates, Lillian Smith, Mamie Till-Mobley, Lorraine Hansberry, Dorothy top, and Rosa Parks. in addition they comprise speeches from lesser-known yet influential leaders reminiscent of Della Sullins, Marie Foster, Johnnie Carr, Jane Schutt, and Barbara Posey. approximately each speech used to be came across in neighborhood, neighborhood, or nationwide files, and plenty of are released or transcribed from audiotape the following for the 1st time. Houck and Dixon introduce each one speaker and party with a headnote highlighting key biographical and historical past info. The editors additionally supply a basic advent that areas those public addresses in context. ladies and the Civil Rights circulate, 1954-1965 offers voice to stalwarts whose passionate orations have been important to each part of a flow that modified the United States.

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Rainer had laid the body out on a slab. That’s when I walked around to the left-hand side of him and looked. It looked as if somebody had taken a criss-cross knife and gone insane on the left side of his face. It was beat into a pulp. I told Mr. Rainer, if you will have the wake here, I said I would like for as many people to walk in here and see this thing as want to come. As long 23 Mamie Till Bradley as we cover these things up, they’re going to keep on happening. I said, I’m pulling the lid off of this one.

We can’t sit here and wait for somebody to come and hand it to us on a silver platter. That’s not going to happen. I don’t think there are very many people who have ever had somebody walk up and say here’s a Cadillac. I think you deserve it, you’ve waited patiently for it. When you wanted it, you went out and worked pretty hard. I think my freedom is worth more to me than a Cadillac, because if I have the Cadillac and can’t drive it, I don’t need it anyway. I have invested a son in freedom and I’m determined that his death isn’t in vain.

They wrote me: I’m glad that it was your n—— boy that was killed; that’ll show some more smart kids in Chicago that they can’t come down in Mississippi and get away with what they get away with in Chicago. I would like to tell those people tonight, that if it hadn’t been for those letters, I probably wouldn’t be standing here. I want them to know that every one of those letters gave me a new determination to stand up and fight that much harder. I do realize that those people are going to have to be taught.

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