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Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement

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Septima Clarke played one of the most essential, but little-recognized roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Born in 1898 in Charleston, South Carolina, she was a public school teacher until 1956, when she was dismissed for refusing to disavow her membership in the National Association for the advancement of Colored People. Subsequently, she worked for the Highlander Folk Sc ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published April 1st 1990 by Africa World Press
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Dont
Aug 27, 2012 Dont rated it really liked it
In this little book, Septima Clark reflects on her life as one of the founding mothers of the modern civil rights movement. The text has the feeling of a letter written to a future friend; the tone is intimate and informal. The editors chose not to resolve Ms. Clark's language but let her speak in her own musical rhythms. Like Ella Baker, Septima Clark is one of those names that should be a household word.

In a rare moment of singing her own praises, this background warrior admits to the importa
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Andrea
Aug 09, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Septima Poinsette Clark... words cannot express how happy and humbling this tour of freedom fighters and popular educators has been making me. This is short, wonderful, and everyone should read it. Cynthia Stokes Brown helped Septima Clark bring it together, and the introduction is her narration of how they met, how this book came about. In it she quotes part of a speech given by Rosa Parks at a dinner given by the East Bay Friends of Highlander where Mrs Clark was also present:
However, I was wi
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Pam
Nov 01, 2007 Pam rated it liked it
Eye-opening and a quick read, this a first person account of Septima Clark, an important figure in the civil rights movement.
Drick
Sep 10, 2011 Drick rated it really liked it
Cynthia Stokes Brown conducted a series of interviews with Septima Clark in 1979 when Ms.Clark was 81 years old. In her own words Ms. Clark tells her life story especially her efforts to start the Citizenship Schools that taught people how to pass the literacy tests that would enable them to vote. Having served as a teacher in mostly rural schools for 40 years, at the age of 59 after being fired by the Charleston, SC school board for being a member of the NAACP in 1956, she went to work for High ...more
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