Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

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Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

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Sanders, Crystal R. A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi's Black Freedom Struggle. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2016, pp.266, ISBN: 1469627809.

In this study, the author explores how working-class Black women, in collaboration with the federal government, created the Child Development Group of Mississippi (CDGM) in 1965, a Head Start program that not only gave poor Black children access to early childhood education but also provided Black women with greater opportunities for political activism during a crucial time in the unfolding of the civil rights movement. Women who had previously worked as domestics and sharecroppers secured jobs through CDGM as teachers and support staff and earned higher wages. The availability of jobs independent of the local white power structure afforded these women the freedom to vote in elections and petition officials without fear of reprisal. But CDGM's success antagonized segregationists at both the local and state levels who eventually defunded it.

Ward, Jason Morgan. Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America's Civil Rights Century. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp.344, ISBN: 0199376565.

This book reveals what happened in Clarke County in 1919 and 1942, when two horrific lynchings took place: the first, of four young people, including a pregnant woman; the second, of two teenaged boys accused of harassing a white girl. The author's haunting reconstruction of these events traces a legacy of violence that reflects the American experience of race, from the depths of Jim Crow through to the growing power of the NAACP and national awareness of what was taking places even in the country's bleakest racial landscapes. Connecting the lynchings to each other and then to the civil rights struggles in the 1960s, when the threat of violence hung heavy over Clarke County, the author creates a narrative that links living memory and verifiable fact, illuminating one of the racist places in American history and revealing the resiliency of the human spirit.

Haley, Sarah. No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2016, pp. 360, ISBN: 1469627590.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries imprisoned Black women faced wrenching forms of gendered racial terror and heinous structures of economic exploitation. Subjugated as convict laborers and forced to serve additional time as domestic workers before they were allowed their freedom, Black women faced a pitiless system of violence, terror, and debasement. Drawing upon Black feminist criticism and a diverse array of archival materials, the author uncovers imprisoned women's brutalization in local, county, and state convict labor systems, while also illuminating the prisoners' acts of resistance and sabotage, challenging ideologies of racial capitalism and patriarchy and offering alternative conceptions of social and political life. Hence, this book recovers stories of the captivity and punishment of Black women to demonstrate how the system of incarceration was crucial to organizing the logics of gender and race, and constructing Jim Crow modernity. The author is an assistant professor of gender studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Bankole-Medina, Katherine. World to Come: The Baltimore Uprising, Militant Racism, and History. Liberated Scholars Association Press, 2016, pp.450, ISBN: 0692681515.

This essay collection addresses the 2015 Baltimore protests and riots over the death of Freddie Gray. The main purpose of the book is to critically explore the historical moment surrounding the 2015 Baltimore Uprising and the death of Freddie Gray (excluding the court cases of the Baltimore 6-the police officers involved). The author situates the manuscript in the protest event and immediate aftermath (April-December 2015), thus the book was written from the perspective of those most affected by fatal police-encounters in the United States-African Americans who question and dispute this police action. …

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