Southern Association for Women Historians Julia Cherry Spruill Prize

Finalist, Hooks National Book Award

“Makes a major contribution to civil rights history by documenting the extensive political education work of the Black women-led Citizenship Education Program, an organization that promoted voter registration throughout the South. This book clearly shows that women were not only organizers but were the movement’s leaders, and their impact was tremendous.”—Rebecca Tuuri, author of Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle  
“Gillespie convincingly presents Black women as political strategists and visionaries who understood the importance of local people in social action campaigns. A wonderful addition to civil rights historiography.”—Crystal R. Sanders, author of A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle  

Deanna M. Gillespie is professor of history at the University of North Georgia.
A volume in the series Southern Dissent, edited by Stanley Harrold and Randall M. Miller
Publication of the paperback edition made possible by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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