Female activists behind the black power movement

March 9, 2017
Ashley Farmer was tired of reading historical accounts of the postwar black freedom struggle in America that cast black female activists only as helpmates to male leaders. “I was primed as a scholar of black women’s history to take those two sentences and pull them out,” says Farmer, an assistant professor of history and African American studies at the Boston University College of Arts & Sciences. “I thought: ‘There’s probably a whole book there. Someone just has to look.’” For her book, she spent years piecing together the stories of some of the remarkable but largely unsung black radical and progressive female activists who helped shape the post–World War II battle against racial inequality. Read more about Farmer and her research here.

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