Still Lifting, Still Climbing

African American Women's Contemporary Activism

353 pages

2 illustrations

August, 1999

ISBN: 9780814781258

$27

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Kimberly Springer is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at King's College London. She specializes in social movements, mass media, and digital cultures.

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Still Lifting, Still Climbing is the first volume of its kind to document African American women's activism in the wake of the civil rights movement.

Covering grassroots and national movements alike, contributors explore black women's mobilization around such areas as the black nationalist movements, the Million Man March, black feminism, anti-rape movements, mass incarceration, the U.S. Congress, welfare rights, health care, and labor organizing. Detailing the impact of post-1960s African American women's activism, they provide a much-needed update to the historical narrative.

Ideal for course use, the volume includes original essays as well as primary source documents such as first-hand accounts of activism and statements of purpose. Each contributor carefully situates their topic within its historical framework, providing an accessible context for those unfamiliar with black women's history, and demonstrating that African American women's political agency does not emerge from a vacuum, but is part of a complex system of institutions, economics, and personal beliefs.

This ambitious volume will be an invaluable resource on the state of contemporary African American women's activism.

Reviews

  • "A valuable resource…the names of the authors and activists within it are undoubtedly ones we will encounter again and again over the decades to come.”

    Sojourner