Ready from Within: A First Person Narrative

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-06-01
  • Publisher: Africa World Pr

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Septima Clarke played one of the most essential, but little-recognized roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Born in 1898 in Charleston, South Carolina, she was a public school teacher until 1956, when she was dismissed for refusing to disavow her membership in the National Association for the advancement of Colored People. Subsequently, she worked for the Highlander Folk School, helping to set up Citizenship Schools throughout the South where Black adults could learn to read and prepare to vote. During the 1960s she worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From 1978 to 1983 she served as the first Black woman on the Charleston School Board. This is a first-person narrative of her life in the context of the Civil Rights Movement. Her story constitutes a major thread in the tapestry of that movement. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Cynthia Stokes Brown is Professor of Education at Dominican College in San Rafael, California

Table of Contents

Searchingp. 3
Finding Septima Clarkp. 6
Finding Rosa Parksp. 13
Septima's Story
The Movement
Judge Waringp. 23
The Turning Pointp. 30
Dismissalp. 35
Highlander and the First Citizenship Schoolp. 41
Raid on Highlanderp. 55
All Over the Deep Southp. 60
Non-Violent Resistancep. 71
The Role of Womenp. 77
The Beginning and the End
Septima's Childhoodp. 87
Teaching, Marriage, and Childrenp. 103
Retirement and Contentmentp. 119
Chronologyp. 128
Note on Sourcesp. 131
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