Have you seen the recent thought-provoking NYT article entitled, “The Women Behind White Power”?
Here’s an excerpt:
As is the case with so much of history, stories about the nation’s racism have focused on the dramatic, not the daily, on the speechifiers, not the low-level campaigners: In school, we study Klan violence and elected officials like Mr. Eastland and Governor George Wallace of Alabama. But it is the mundane and the persistent that make movements. Often, this work is done by women who are later overlooked; in the case of the civil rights struggle, for instance, women like Jo Ann Robinson and Georgia Gilmore fund-raised for and organized the Montgomery bus boycott. Their efforts, however, have often been eclipsed by stories emphasizing the rise of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Read the full piece here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/opinion/sunday/white-supremacy-forgot-women.html.