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Strategic SisterhoodThe National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Rebecca Tuuri

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638904

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638904.001.0001

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You Know about What It’s Like to Need a Good House

You Know about What It’s Like to Need a Good House

The Changing Face of the Expert, 1966–1970

(p.103) Chapter Five You Know about What It’s Like to Need a Good House
Strategic Sisterhood

Rebecca Tuuri

University of North Carolina Press

Recognizing the limitations of Wednesdays in Mississippi's personal approach to creating racial change, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) helped WIMS re-envision itself as "Workshops in Mississippi." Workshops in Mississippi connected grassroots, local, and impoverished women with government officials and private foundations to help the women implement self help programs. Also, following NCNW's securing of tax-exempt status in May 1966 (retroactively to December 1965), it won a $300,000 Ford Foundation grant for Project Womanpower, a program to bring together black women across to the country to strengthen their community activism. Finally, NCNW created the Commission on Community Cooperation, which hosted a series of workshops in the aftermath of the 1967 Newark and Patterson rebellions. Through these workshops in the late 1960s, NCNW leadership embraced a new model of community expert as a local and/or impoverished woman who understood poverty first-hand.

Keywords:   National Council of Negro Women, NCNW, Workshops in Mississippi, Local people, Project Womanpower, Maximum feasible participation, Commission on Community Cooperation, Newark rebellion, Unita Blackwell, Ford Foundation

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