Drick's Reviews > 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

At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
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Feb 18, 11

bookshelves: history, race-ethnic-studies
Read from February 13 to 16, 2011

This the most important book on Civil rights history I have read in a long time. Danielle McGuire presents a revised history of the CR movement, placing African American women at the center of the story. Rosa Parks i re-presented as a courageous activist, who 10 years before the Montgomery (AL) bus boycott for which she became famous was doing investigative work for the NAACP of the brutal rape of Recy Taylor by four white men. McGuire's re-telling highlights the consistent sexual assault and rape of black women by white men, while the white community portrayed black women as sexual promiscuous and black men as sexual predators against white women. In detail that was sometimes painful to read ( I had to put the book down on several occasions) she shows the pivotal role that black women played in the Civil Rights struggle that is all too often portrayed as the work being led by black men. For anyone interst in feminist history or a fuller picture of Civil rights history this book is a must. It is exhaustingly researched and well written
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