Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Capturing Democracy: Black Women Activists and the Struggle for Equal Rights, 1920s-1970s

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Capturing Democracy: Black Women Activists and the Struggle for Equal Rights, 1920s-1970s

Article excerpt

The concept of democracy has served routinely as the topic of intense public and private debate, the catalyst for organized and spontaneous resistance, and the basis of sustained national and international conflict. Seldom have materializations of democracy evaded some degree of scrutiny. For Black women activists, the fight for democracy proved to be a constant struggle. In their quest for equal rights, Black women activists demonstrated a critical awareness of the chasm between democracy as pledged and democracy as practiced; as a consequence, the legacy of many Black women activists is typified by their tireless efforts to actualize democratic ideals.

Within the scope of this dissertation, I investigate Black women's social activism in the United States, and I argue that from the standpoint of Black women activists working to affect change in their lives, communities, and throughout the nation, democracy remained an unfinished system or, as Rosa Parks aptly stated, "work to be done." Using Black women's ongoing struggles against race, gender, and class inequalities as a lens, this project traces and interrogates the democratic process as it continues to unfold. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.