"In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charron demonstrates Clark's crucial role--and the role of many black women teachers--in making education a cornerstone of the twentieth-century freedom struggle. Using Clark's life as a lens, Charron sheds valuable new light on southern black women's activism in national, state, and judicial politics, from the Progressive Era to the civil rights movement and beyond."--
Introduction: Septima Clark's civil rights movement -- Home lessons -- Taking up the work -- Singing the blues in the new Reconstruction -- Political training grounds -- The battle transformed -- Crossing Broad -- Bridging past and future -- A fight for respect -- Similar and yet different -- Epilogue: A right to the tree of life -- Appendix: South Carolina educational statistics
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