Monday, September 26, 2016

John Lewis: In Civil Rights Movement - Discrimination Against Women

Hierarchies exist everywhere. In places where people are trying to end one particular hierarchy, other hierarchies rise up. It is time to use the common language of hierarchies to address them all. 

John Lewis, a 14-term congressman and civil rights leader himself, said the civil rights movement of the ‘60s was “dominated” by men, most of whom were ministers.

Lewis continued:
There were some women like Ella Baker, Diane Nash, a student in Nashville, one of leaders, the leader of the Little Rock Nine effort ― and others, you had Gloria Richardson. But I truly think and believe women were discriminated against. They did all of the work, they did the heavy lifting. They were kept back.