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Crossing the LineWomen's Interracial Activism in South Carolina during and after World War II$
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Cherisse Jones-Branch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049250

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049250.001.0001

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“The Negro Only Wanted a Chance to Live”

“The Negro Only Wanted a Chance to Live”

Civil Rights Activism in Postwar South Carolina

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(p.41) 2 “The Negro Only Wanted a Chance to Live”
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Crossing the Line
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Cherisse Jones-Branch

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049250.003.0003

Chapter 2 focuses on the post–World War II years and the early years of the 1950s, specifically on the formation and activism of women’s organizations. Although the national organizations of the YWCA and Church Women United mandated integration, segregated activism continued at the local level in South Carolina. As Brown v. Board of Education loomed over the South and South Carolina, black and white women prepared themselves and their communities for changes that might result from the decision. Even before 1954, black women and their organizations galvanized support among African Americans and led the campaign for Elmore v. Rice, which helped obtain voting rights for blacks and access to the state Democratic Party. This chapter also considers the activism of liberal whites like Judge J. Waties Waring and his wife Elizabeth and explores the difficulties they encountered when they challenged racial injustice and long-assumed white supremacy.

Keywords:   YWCA, United Church Women, voting rights, black women’s activism

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