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Momentum: The Ripples Made by Ordinary People, Part 15

Momentum: The Ripples Made by Ordinary People, Part 15

Who was the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement? Listen in as we learn about the Queen of the Civil Rights Movement, Septima Poinsette Clark, and another woman, Bernice Robinson, who were effective teachers and leaders in the Civil Rights community.

Septima knew that education was the key to gaining political, economic, and social power and she devoted her activism to improving the education of both Black children and adults. Literacy tests were roadblocks to gaining voting cards, so Septima and Bernice organized citizenship education workshops at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. What did they teach in their classes? Were they successful in helping Black Americans pass their literacy tests?

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  • Host: Sharon McMahon
  • Executive Producer: Heather Jackson
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Writers and Researchers: Sharon McMahon, Heather Jackson