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Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle

Rebecca Tuuri


When women were denied a major speaking role at the 1963 March on Washington, Dorothy Height, head of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), organized her own women's conference for the very next day. Defying the march's male organizers, Height helped harness the womanpower waiting in the wings. Height’s careful tactics and quiet determination come to the fore in this first history of the NCNW, the largest black women's organization in the United States at the height of the civil rights, Black Power, and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Offering a sweeping view of the NCNW's beh ... More

Keywords: National Council of Negro Women, NCNW, Black women, African American women, Respectability politics, Dorothy Height, Mary McLeod Bethune, Black clubwomen, Black middle class, Racial uplift

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469638904
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Tuuri, author
University of Southern Mississippi