Freedom's Teacher

The Life of Septima Clark

by Katherine Mellen Charron

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  • 9780807833322
  • 9780807898468
In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charron demonstrates Clark's crucial role--and the role of many black women teachers--in making education a cornerstone of the twentieth-century freedom struggle. Using Clark's life as a lens, Charron sheds valuable new light on southern black women's activism in national, state, and judicial politics, from the Progressive Era to the civil rights movement and beyond.


  • The University of North Carolina Press; November 2009
  • ISBN: 9780807898468
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  • Title: Freedom's Teacher
  • Author: Katherine Mellen Charron
  • Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780807833322
  • 9780807898468

In The Press

In Charron's capable hands, [Septima] Clark's life has at long last received the full-length attention it deserves.--Oral History Review

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ISBNs
  • 9780807833322
  • 9780807898468