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About the Book

A conversation with the authors
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Historical research and original interviews of contemporary women squarely place Philadelphia’s black women on centerstage.  Their power comes not just from what they did as individuals, but from how their efforts created a community of women which spanned geographies, sectors, and time.


One of the contempporary woman observed said, “This is who black women are. Not just me, but all black women.” The authors’ experiences as activists, researchers and educators—and of frequently being the “only black women in the room”— informs their approach to the book.Their empathy for the women they profile is palpable.  

These are the stories of the black women in one of the country’s most important cities,  who let no obstacle deter them from changing the game. and shaping the city in significant ways. 

Click on images to shuffle the deck.

Rebecca J. Colechapter6
Goldie Watson, c 1960s_photo by John W M
Edie Huggins (right), c 1960s_photo by J
Caroline R. LeCount1chapter3
Bright, Nellie_photo John W Mosley_Block
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