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Freedom's teacher : the life of Septima Clark

In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charron demonstrates Clark's crucial role--and the role of many black women teachers--in making education a cornerstone of the twentieth-century freedom struggle. Using Clark's life as a lens, Charron sheds valuable new light on southern black women's activism in national, state, and judicial politics, from the Progressive Era to the civil rights movement and beyond. -- Publisher's website
Print Book, English, 2009
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2009
xvi, 462 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
9780807833322, 9780807872222, 0807833320, 0807872229
Introduction: Septima Clark's civil rights movement
Home lessons
Taking up the work
Singing the blues in the new Reconstruction
Political training grounds
The battle transformed
Crossing Broad
Bridging past and future
A fight for respect
Similar and yet different
Epilogue: A right to the tree of life
Appendix: South Carolina educational statistics
"Published with the assistance of the Center for the Study of the American South of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill"--Title page verso