Women, gender, and sexuality in American history.
"Reverend Addie Wyatt (1924-2012) was one of the most influential African American female labor leaders in the twentieth century. Wyatt lived in Chicago for most of her life and while there became a nationally known civil rights activist, ordained minister, and outspoken feminist. She was the first female president of a local chapter of the United Packinghouse Workers of America, worked alongside Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama and during marches in Chicago, and Eleanor Roosevelt appointed her to the Protective Labor Legislation Committee of President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women. In this biography, Walker-McWilliams tells the story of the reverend's commitment to social justice, which fueled her activism and leadership in the American labor movement, while also setting her life story in the sociohistorical climate in which Wyatt emerged. Walker-McWilliams argues that what began for Wyatt as an individual journey to break away from poverty became a commitment to a collective struggle against economic, racial, and gender inequalities and a lifetime of organizing and activism. Based on oral histories, interviews conducted with Wyatt's colleagues and families, Wyatt's collection of personal papers, and extensive archival data, Walker-McWilliams illuminates the ways Wyatt grew into the roles of activist and leader as a result of personal experiences with poverty, racism, sexism, and discrimination, and developed a spiritual faith that refused to see these circumstances as immutable structural forces"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Tell the Story A Child of the Great Migration In Search of Work and Community For the Union Makes Us Strong Civil Rights and Women's Rights Unionism Challenges in the House of Labor A Black Christian Feminist Unfinished Revolutions Epilogue: All Things Are Connected.
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Print version: Walker-McWilliams, Marcia, 1984- author. Reverend Addie Wyatt Urbana, Chicago and Springfield : University of Illinois Press, 2016