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At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights

By Danielle L. McGuire

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance–A New History of the Civil Rights

Started reading:
3rd October 2010
Finished reading:
17th October 2010

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Review & Quotes

Rating: 10

I read a review of this book in my Elle magazine and thought I’d give it a try via the local library.

This was a facinating book about the incredible women behind the civil rights movement and their fight for the rights to their own bodies and equal justice against the white men who sexually harrassed and raped them.

I find it sad that much of the civil rights focuses on the men of the movement when as this historical book shows, the women were fighting it long before. Rosa Parks was fighting for women who were the victums of rape including the investigation of the rape of Recy Taylor in 1944.. this is long before the bus incident of 1966.

Quote from Page 87 of the book referring to events on 5 December 1955
“Because Reverend French and the ministers leasing the mass meeting that night silenced Parks, they turned her into the kind of woman she wasn’t: a quiet victim and solemn symbol. From that moment forward Parks was sainted and celebrated fir her quiet dignity, prim demeanor, and middle-class propriety, her radicalism all but erased as she became the Madonna of Montgomery.”

Another facinating woman was Jo Ann Robinson who was fundamental in printing handbills and actually getting others involved with the bus boycott before it was taken over by the reverends…