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Lifting as we climb : black women's battle for the ballot box

Dionne, Evette (author.).

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Fosston Public Library J 323.34 DIO (Text) 33500013249297 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 323.34 DIO (Text) 33500013249305 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 0451481542
  • ISBN: 9780451481542
  • Physical Description: 170 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "For African American women, the fight for the right to vote was only one battle. An eye-opening book that tells the important, overlooked story of black women as a force in the suffrage movement--when fellow suffragists did not accept them as equal partners in the struggle."--Publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    *Starred Review* In 1904, the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACWC) established the motto lifting as we climb. Though the NACWC's goals included suffrage for Black women, the vote was just one piece of the puzzle; they saw it as a tool they could use to improve the lives of all African Americans. It's from this movement that Dionne, a culture writer, editor, and former teacher, takes the title of her book, which traces Black women's fight for voting rights in America. Dionne demonstrates how the the suffrage movement was rooted in the abolitionist movement, profiling Black women who were crucial to the fight for the vote (both familiar and lesser-known figures are represented) and showing how the shock waves from these movements have reverberated through the Jim Crow South and present-day. Throughout, Dionne highlights how the stories of Black women have routinely been systemically buried. The white women who led the suffrage movement did not treat them as equals and were willing to deny or overlook the rights of Black women if it meant a quicker road to their own goals. And though many movements and stories were closely intertwined, few of these narratives are taught in history classrooms today. Dionne pulls back the veil on these stories, offering up an essential work for middle graders that helps to fill a gaping void. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Evette Dionne is a black feminist writer and the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. Her writings about race, gender, and culture have appeared in Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Bustle, Self, The Guardian, and The New York Times, among other publications. Before becoming a writer and editor, Dionne taught eighth graders about social justice and tenth graders about world literature. Visit her at

Subject: Women Suffrage History Juvenile literature
African American women Civil rights History Juvenile literature
United States. 19th Amendment Juvenile literature
Women Suffrage History
African American women Civil rights History
United States. 19th Amendment.
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