Undaunted by the Fight: Spelman College and the Civil Rights Movement, 1957/1967

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Mercer University Press, 2005 - 286 páginas
Undaunted by the Fight is a study of small but dedicated, group of Spelman College students and faculty who, between 1957 and 1967 risked their lives, compromised their grades, and jeopardized their careers to make Atlanta and the South a more just and open society. Lefever argues that the participation of Spelman's students and faculty in the Civil Rights Movement represented both a continuity and a break with the institution's earlier history. On the one hand their actions were consistent with Spelman's long history of liberal arts and community service; yet, on the other hand; as his research documents; their actions represented a break with Spelman's traditional non-political stance and challenged the assumption that social changes should occur only gradually and within established legal institutions. For the first time in the eighty-plus years of Spelman's existence, the students and faculty who participated in the Movement took actions that directly challenged the injustices of the social and political status quo. Too often in the past the Movement literature, including the literature on the Atlanta Movement focused disproportionately on the males involved to the exclusion of the women who were equally involved, and; who, in many instances, initiated actions and provided leadership for the Movement. Lefever concludes his study by saying that Spelman's activist students and faculty succeeded to the extent they did because they kept their eyes on the prize. They endured the struggle; he says; and, in so doing; eventually won many prizes -- some personal, others social. Undaunted; they liberated themselves, but at the same time they liberated their school, their city and the larger society.
 

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Movement Prologue
7
You Can Always Tell a Spelman Girl
13
From Appeal to Action
19
Formalizing the Movement
27
Summer Maneuvers
39
Renewing the Struggle
45
A Struggle Fit for a King
61
Celebrating an Anniversary
71
Sitins and Protests Continue
157
Expulsion and Reinstatement
169
Mississippi Freedom Summer
179
From Mississippi to Africa
191
Gender Racial and Ideological Clashes
195
Nobel Peace Prize
205
SelmatoMontgomery March
211
Black Power
221

Negotiating an Agreement
89
Riding for Freedom
97
Agonizing ChoiceStudy or Action
111
Aint Gonna Let Chief Pritchett Turn Me Round
117
Twin Issues Civil Rights and Peace
133
Dismissal
147
The March on Washington
151
Adieu Ruby Doris
233
Conclusion
239
Epilogue
245
Appendix
255
Bibliography
257
Index
265
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