For the month of February, we will highlight the life, work, and legacy of Black Women who were largely unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Many of these women allowed their faith in God and love of Jesus to motivate them to civic action/engagement for all humans. I pray you will be blessed and inspired by these sisters in Christ.
Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 – December 15, 1987) was a black American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement. Septima Clark’s work was commonly under-appreciated by Southern male activists. She became known as the “Queen mother” or “Grandmother” of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. “Through exercise of the franchise Clark saw opportunities for persons to participate in political processes that could improve their lives,” (quote taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
“Clark’s adult literacy work evolved into the Citizenship Education Program, a method of teaching literacy and voter registration that was replicated across the South and became significant to massive Black voter registration, ” (quote from the book, Witnessing & Testifying).
To more deeply explore Septima Poinsette Clark civil rights work in relation to her faith, read
Witnessing & Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights by Rosetta E. Ross. Click here to see a picture of Septima Clark.