So far this year we have taken a quick look at the long history of voting suppression and the fight for Black people’s voting rights (which we learned in the run up to the elections). We have also looked at the “long civil rights movement,” which we argued started in 1619 and continues today. Along the way we close read and analyzed texts by Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Douglass, Washington, DuBois, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Combahee River Collective (which are also all part of our Beloved unit). Now we’d like to take a peek at other aspects of the civil rights movement as well as some (not all) of other liberation movements of the 1960s and ‘70s. We will return in more depth to these movements after Winter Break.
Civil Rights Movements