The story of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in 1909. Viewed through the life of co-founder Mary White Ovington, a seminal feminist and social activist, it focuses on her relationship with pioneering black leaders including Walter White, James Weldon Johnson, and Mary Church Terell. Providing provocative insights into race and gender in the early 20th century, it offers an original look at the founding of America's oldest civil rights organization.
Table of Contents
Finding Her Avenue. Taking Root. From Social Researcher to Activist. White Woman in a Colored World. The NAACP Is Born. Growing Pains. Chairman of the Board. Catalyst to the Harlem Renaissance. Rifts and Evolution. Traveling Fund-Raiser. "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." Notes. Bibliography. Index.
CAROLYN WEDIN is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and the editor of Black and White Sat Down Together: Reminiscences of an NAACP Founder by Mary White Ovington.