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You Must Be from the NorthSouthern White Women in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement$
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Kimberly K. Little

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732283

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732283.001.0001

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Raising a Generation that does not Hate

Raising a Generation that does not Hate

The 1968 Sanitation Strike and the Radicalizing of Memphis Activists

(p.64) Chapter 4 Raising a Generation that does not Hate
You Must Be from the North

Kimberly K. Little

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the participation of white women in the strike staged by sanitation workers of Memphis in 1968. It looks at these women’s activities, such as orchestrating individual acts of support and more formal involvement in the struggle. It focuses on one woman present throughout the strike’s duration and her role in mediating between the city council and civil rights reformers: Gwen Robinson Awsumb, the only female member of the Memphis City Council. Furthermore, it discusses the four primary outlets for Memphis women who became involved in movements for racial and economic justice in the wake of the sanitation workers’ strike: mass meetings and marches, Rearing Children of Goodwill, “Memphis Cares,” and the Saturday Luncheon Group.

Keywords:   white women, strike, sanitation workers, Memphis, civil rights, mass meetings, marches, Rearing Children of Goodwill, Memphis Cares, Saturday Luncheon Group

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