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P A R T I: Laying the Groundwork: African American Women and Civil Rights Before 1950 1 "Closed Doors": Mary McLeod Bethune on Civil Rights Introduction by Elaine M. Smith Mary McLeod Bethune 2 For the Race in General and Black Women in Particular: The Civil Rights Activities of African American Women's Organizations, 1915-50 V. P. Franklin and Bettye Collier-Thomas 3 Behind-the-Scenes View of a Behind-the-Scenes Organizer: The Roots of Ella Baker's Political Passions Barbara Ransby P A R T i I: Personal Narratives 4 "Tired of Giving In": The Launching of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Rosa Parks 5 "Heirs to a Legacy of Struggle": Charlayne Hunter Integrates the University of Georgia Charlayne Hunter Gault 6 "We Wanted the Voice of a Woman to Be Heard": Black Women and the 1963 March on Washington Dorothy I. Height P A R T I I: Women, Leadershi, and Civil Rights 7 "We Seek to Know... in Order to Speak the Truth": Nurturing the Seeds of Discontent-Septima P. Clark and Participatory Leadership Jacqueline A. Rouse 8 African American Women in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Vicki Crawford 9 Anger, Memory, and Personal Power: Fannie Lou Hamer and Civil Rights Leadership Chana Kai Lee PA R T I V: From Civil Rights to Black Power: African American Women and Nationalism 10 "Chronicle of a Death Foretold": Gloria Richardson, the Cambridge Movement, and the Radical Black Activist Tradition Sharon Harley 11 Black Women and Black Power: The Case of Ruby Doris Smith Robinson and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Cynthia Griggs Fleming 12 "Ironies of the Saint": Malcolm X, Black Women, and the Price of Protection Farah Jasmine Griffin 13 "No One Ever Asks What a Man's Role in the Revolution Is": Gender Politics and Leadership in the Black Panther Party, 1966-71 Tracye A. Matthews PA R T V: Law, Feminism, and Politics 14 "Joanne Is You and Joanne Is Me": A Consideration of African American Women and the "Free Joan Little" Movement, 1974-75 Genna Rae McNeil 15 From the Kennedy Commission to the Combahee Collective: Black Feminist Organizing,-1960-80 Duchess Harris 16 The Civil Rights-Black Power Legacy: Black Women Elected Officials at the Local, State, and National Levels Linda Faye Williams Selected Bibliography Permissions Contributors Index All illustrations appear as a groupfollowing page 148.