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Bridging Race DividesBlack Nationalism, Feminism, and Integration in the United States, 1896-1935$
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Kate Dosset

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813031408

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813031408.001.0001

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Black Nationalism and Interracialism in the Young Women's Christian Association

Black Nationalism and Interracialism in the Young Women's Christian Association

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(p.66) 2 Black Nationalism and Interracialism in the Young Women's Christian Association
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Bridging Race Divides
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Kate Dossett

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813031408.003.0003

This chapter examines the Africa American women who worked within the assumed interracial Young Women's Christian Association at both the local Colored Branch in New York City and the national Colored Committee levels. This chapter examines how the national YWCA leader and the YWCA workers of one of the most prominent Colored Branches operated within the context of relationships with black women, white women, and the YWCA including their involvement in the World War I relief programs. While working at purportedly interracial organization of the YWCA, black women often pursued policies in line with the thought of racial solidarity and the black leadership of black women. Their experience in segregated organizations such as the YWCA provided grounds for them to develop black feminist ways of thinking. The unending disputes between black women and white women in the early decades of the twentieth century also pushed black women to develop black nationalist feminism and black separatism. The chapter also discusses the impact of the pressure brought about by the proposal of the YMCA on the national level to merge with the YWCA in the 1920s.

Keywords:   YWCA, Colored Branch, black women, white women, racial solidarity, black leadership, black nationalist feminism, black separatism

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