Black Women in the Movement

B&W photograph of civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Kelis Johnson, Kristina Williams, Tom Robisheaux


Type: Lab

Black Women have played a large and dynamic role in the success of America’s movements for social justice. Kelis profiled six different activists to examine how their experiences and influences shaped their approach to social change. These profiles also illuminate areas of dissent from the main trends of the movement. This research spans the 1960s to the present to capture the intricacies of social movements and the continuity and change over time of both attitudes and actions. Her project provides greater context on various objectives of civil rights movements and reveals the consistency of social movements and the consistency of black women within those movements. Finally, the project provides context for understanding today’s movements for social justice and how they were inspired by different movements of the past.

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