SLIDESHOW: Women Behind The Civil Rights Movement


We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
We shall overcome someday;
Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe,
We shall overcome someday.”

It is the spiritual song that captures many hearts still. Even though it was well over 50 years ago, the efforts of the women and men within the Civil Rights Movement foreshadows many grassroots movements still to this day. Young people pledged their involvement with the premise to be better Christians, to service humanity and their country. Many were willing to risk their lives to put a halt to segregation. Some sat in dark, cold prisons, without the ability to call home. They were beaten and abused. Yet they maintained their composure because they believed in a greater cause- putting a halt to segregation, degradation and subjugation.

Many brave women were behind this movement. They were pioneers and barracudas in the fight for civil rights. It was a different time and they were dimly noted for their hard work and achievements. Women were often discouraged from stepping into the forefront. Some took lead positions, but their voices were seldom amplified. It must be said--”Women were leaders in their own right! They were the adhesive for people gathering and spurred the direction of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement!

Response on Social Media:


1. Dr. Dorothy Heights- http://www.naswfoundation.org/pioneers/h/height.htm and http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/us/21height.html and http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/blackspeech/dheight.html
3. Bernice Fisher and CORE- http://www.core-online.org/History/history.htm and http://www.corenyc.org/omeka/items/show/192
4. Freedom Riders- http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-freedom-riders-then-and-now-45351758/?no-ist and http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/freedom-rides
7. Angeline Butler- http://www.saintpeters.org/events/detail/319/details/ and http://www.timeout.com/newyork/music/angeline-butler-at-st-peters-church
8. Jean Catherine Thompson- http://crdl.usg.edu/people/t/thompson_jean_c_jean_catherine_1942/
18. Irene Morgan- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/people/irene-morgan
21.the women of the Browder v. Gayle-  http://www.congressofracialequality.org/browder-v-gayle.html

Photo sources

1b. Women Grassroots- http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/brown/brown-aftermath.html
3. bernice Fisher- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fisher,_Bernice_1960.jpg and CORE (poster)- http://www.mohistory.org/American_Visions/exhibit/freedom_now_lg.htm
4. Freedom Riders- http://mdah.state.ms.us/freedom/
5. Diane Nash- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/freedomriders/people/diane-nash
6.  Haley- http://cat.xula.edu/unmasked/articles/406/ and http://www.knowla.org/entry/850/
7. Angeline Butler- marching- http://www.fold3.com/document/251123980/ and headshot- http://psc-cuny.org/clarion/september-2013/50-years-and-still-marching-pscers-reflect-journey-1963-2013
8. Jean Catherine Thompson- http://www.teenagefilm.com/archives/archive-fever/freedom-riders-mugshots/
9. Winonah Beamer Myers and David Myers- http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dave-and-Winonah-Myers-signed-auto-Freedom-Riders-Civil-Rights-RARE-COA-LOOK-/360451159087 and http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Freedom-Riders-Portraits/13
10. Carol Ruth Silver- http://www.quazoo.com/q/Carol%20Ruth%20Silver
11. Mimi Real- http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Freedom-Riders-Portraits/21
13. group photo dorothy heights, betty shabazz…- http://www.biography.com/people/betty-shabazz-38339#image-betty-shabazz-3-raw
15. Myrlie Evers- Williams- http://zinnedproject.org/materials/evers-medgar/ (photo with her speaking)
18. Irene Morgan- http://kidyoshida.blogspot.com/2013/04/mamie-peanut-johnson-other-women.html
19. Sarah Louise Keys- http://ourheritagemagazine.com/our-heritage-magazine-online/sarah-louise-keys/
20. Rosa Parks- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rosa_Parks_Booking.jpg
21. the women of the Browder v. Gayle
Mary Louise Smith- http://www.montgomeryboycott.com/mary-louise-smith/

Julene Allen Julene Allen Author


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