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Research Student, Faculty of Arts
My project explores how Freedomways magazine constituted an important tool for Black women's activism in the Black Freedom Struggle. It provided a vehicle for the continuation of Old Left women's activism with Esther Cooper Jackson and Shirley Graham in leadership roles from the magazine's inception, as well as Augusta Jackson, Dorothy Burnham and Ruby Dee as part of the initial collective. Freedomways was a tool that enabled Black women to communicate and educate readers through new and established activist networks cultivated by the Old Left, these networks were sustained particularly through the efforts of Black women. The ways in which Black women utilised Freedomways as a space for their activism will be unpacked throughout the thesis - the chapters will answer the question of how black women's activism is engaged within Freedomways and how the magazine was used as a tool in the freedom struggle. To do so, my project analyses Black women's leadership on the editorial board, the articulation of a Black international feminism, and the magazine's promotion of established and emerging Black female artists and writers.
Twentieth Century US Social Movements; Civil Rights Movement; Black Power Movement; Second Wave Feminist Movement; African American History; Women's History
Professor Peter Ling
Dr Karen Salt
Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships
MA Race and Resistance, University of Leeds
BA (Hons) History, University of Leeds