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Women civil rights leaders lit the fires of freedom

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Janet Dewart Bell

  

On this edition of Your Call, activist and scholar Dr. Janet Dewart Bell discusses her new book, Lighting the First of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Many black women who played an instrumental role during the civil rights movement, often at great personal risk and sacrifice, are left out of history books and remain invisible to the larger public. Through wide-ranging conversations with nine women, several now in their nineties, Dewart Bell captures their inspiring stories. What lessons can we learn from their struggles for justice?

Guest:

Dr. Janet Dewart Bell, social justice activist, television and radio producer, author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Web Resources:

The Nation: The Selfless Servant Leadership of the African-American Women of the Civil-Rights Movement

Publishers Weekly: Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.