My project explores the ways black women's leadership operates in different institutional spaces. Using the activism of Esther Cooper Jackson as a focus, I look at how African American women adopted varying leadership styles and strategies relative to the space in which they were working. This will include their leadership in formal structured organisations such as the Southern Negro Youth Congress, unstructured community/family spaces such as Jackson's Anti-Smith Act activism on behalf of her family, and their leadership in freedom struggle publications such as Freedomways. My project aims to complicate current narratives of black women's leadership in the long black freedom struggle, demonstrating the ways in which space shapes activist strategy and moving beyond the local/national binary of current leadership scholarship.
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
Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham
MA Race and Resistance, University of Leeds
BA (Hons) History, University of Leeds