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Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964 by Harwell, Debbie Z.
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Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964

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As tensions mounted before Freedom Summer, one organization tackled the divide by opening lines of communication at the request of local women: Wednesdays in Mississippi (WIMS). Employing an unusual and deliberately feminine approach, WIMS brought interracial, interfaith teams of northern middle-aged, middle- and upper-class women to Mississippi to meet with their southern counterparts. Sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), WIMS operated on the belief that the northern participants' gender, age, and class would serve as an entr e to southerners who had dismissed other civil rights activists as radicals. The WIMS teams' respectable appearance and quiet approach enabled them to build understanding across race, region, and religion where other overtures had failed.

The only civil rights program created for women by women as part of a national organization, WIMS offers a new paradigm through which to study civil rights activism, challenging the stereotype of Freedom Summer activists as young student radicals and demonstrating the effectiveness of the subtle approach taken by "proper ladies." The book delves into the motivations for women's civil rights activism and the role religion played in influencing supporters and opponents of the civil rights movement. Lastly, it confirms that the NCNW actively worked for integration and black voting rights while also addressing education, poverty, hunger, housing, and employment as civil rights issues.

After successful efforts in 1964 and 1965, WIMS became Workshops in Mississippi, which strived to alleviate the specific needs of poor women. Projects that grew from these efforts still operate today.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Harwell, Debbie Z.
Published: 12/15/2015
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781496807953
Pages: 257
Weight: 0.88lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.61d
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Color: Blue, Purple, White
Size: 20, 24
Material: 100% Polyester
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