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Dayo F. Gore

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732366

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732366.001.0001

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From Freedom to Freedomways

From Freedom to Freedomways

Black Women Radicals and the Black Freedom Movement in the 1960s and 1970s

(p.130) 5 From Freedom to Freedomways
Radicalism at the Crossroads

Dayo F. Gore

NYU Press

This chapter traces the extension of black women radicals' activism and political vision beyond the 1950s. It outlines the key strategies that allowed many of them to continue their work for such a long time, and highlights the connections and alliances that sustained them throughout these years. It begins with the emergence of the Negro Women's Action Committee (NWAC) and the founding of Freedomways journal, which began publication in 1961 as a revival of Paul Robeson's Freedom newspaper. It goes on to detail Maude White Katz's work in parent-led school protests in New York and her contributions to Toni Cade Bambara's The Black Woman, Vicki Garvin's travels abroad, and black women radicals' participation in the campaigns to free Angela Davis and Joan Little. The chapter also explores a range of local, national, and transnational activism and cultural work that black women radicals took up as the political landscape expanded, and they sought to connect with a new generation of activists and contribute to the radical politics taking shape during the 1960s and 1970s.

Keywords:   black women radicals, political activism, Negro Women's Action Committee, Freedomways, Maude White Katz, Toni Cade Bambara, The Black Women, Vicki Garvin, Angela Davis, Joan Little

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