A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South

A Forgotten Sisterhood: Pioneering Black Women Educators and Activists in the Jim Crow South

By: Audrey Thomas McCluskey (author)Hardback

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In the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century a small group of women overcame personal and professional hardships to gain national prominence as educational reformers and social activists. This book takes a biographical look at Lucy Craft Laney, Mary McLeod Bethune, Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Charlotte Hawkins Brown. The four women founded schools for African-American children, as well as being activists, lecturers, and suffragists.

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Audrey Thomas McCluskey is professor emerita in the Department of African-American & African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She served alternately as director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center and director of the Black Film Center/ Archive. Her publications on black women educators include several journal articles, book chapters, and the coedited book, Mary McLeod Bethune: Building a Better World.


1. The World They Inherited 2. "Moving Like a Whirlwind": Lucy Craft Laney, Activist Educator 3. "The Best Secondary School in Georgia": Building the Haines Institute Culture 4. "Ringing Up a School": Mary McLeod Bethune's Impact on Daytona Beach 5. "Show Some Daylight between You": Charlotte Hawkins Brown and the Schooling Experience of Memorial Palmer Institute Graduates, 1948-1958 6. "Telling Some Mighty Truths": Nannie Helen Burroughs, Activist Educator and Social Critic 7. "The Masses and the Classes": Women's Friendships and Support Networks among School Founders 8. Passing into History: Commemorations, Memorials, and the Legacies of Black Women School Founders Milestones and Legacies Bibliography Special Collections

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781442211384
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781442211384
  • weight: 435
  • ISBN10: 1442211385

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