“The real story—that the civil rights movement is also rooted in African-American women’s long struggle against sexual violence—has never before been written. The stories of black women who fought for bodily integrity and personal dignity hold profound truths about the sexualized violence that marked racial politics and African American lives during the modern civil rights movement.”
This, by far, is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read in a long time. It’s not too dense, but still gets a tons of stories and research in, all the while weaving the stories of courageous black women. I think anyone and everyone can and should pick this up. There’s so much history we don’t know. But we can and should know it. And to Recy Taylor, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Joan Little, Rosa Lee Coates and so many, many more named and unnamed women in this history: many thanks for the courage and heart, the valuing of self, community, and justice. Thank you for telling your truths. We have so much to learn from you.