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The tale of the black freedom fight in the United States has been overwhelmingly male-centric, starring leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Huey Newton. With few exceptions, black ladies were perceived as assisting actresses; as behind-the-scenes or peripheral activists, or rank and dossier occasion participants. yet what approximately Vicki Garvin, a Brooklyn-born activist who grew to become a pacesetter of the nationwide Negro hard work Council and consultant to Malcolm X on his travels via Africa? What approximately Shirley Chisholm, the 1st black Congresswoman?

From Rosa Parks and Esther Cooper Jackson, to Shirley Graham DuBois and Assata Shakur, a number of girls verified a lifelong dedication to radical switch, embracing a number of roles to maintain the circulation, founding various teams and mentoring more youthful activists. supporting to create the basis and continuity for the move via working as neighborhood organizers, foreign mobilizers, and charismatic leaders, the tales of the ladies profiled in Want to begin a Revolution? aid shatter the pervasive and imbalanced picture of ladies at the sidelines of the black freedom struggle.

Contributors: Margo Natalie Crawford, Prudence Cumberbatch, Johanna Fernández, Diane C. Fujino, Dayo F. Gore, Joshua Guild, Gerald Horne, Ericka Huggins, Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest, pleasure James, Erik McDuffie, Premilla Nadasen, Sherie M. Randolph, James Smethurst, Margaret Stevens, and Jeanne Theoharis.

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