Danielle McGuire argues that Black women’s protests against sexual assault and interracial rape fueled the modern civil rights movement and that even the most well-known movement campaigns — the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott, the 1964 Freedom Summer, and the 1965 Selma March — are rooted in the struggle for bodily integrity and the defense of Black womanhood.
Danielle McGuire, Wayne State University, is the author of: At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf, 2010) and Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2011).
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