Gender And Jane Crow: Black Feminist Theory In The Lives Of Lillie Carroll Jackson And Lillian Lottier
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Lillie Carroll Jackson and Lillian Lottier were social and political activist in Baltimore, Maryland whose contributions have been ignored in the narrative of the movement for equality. Lillie Jackson was the long standing president of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP and Lillian Lottier was a tireless community activist. They are both reflective of grassroots organizing such as fundraising and voter registration drives as well as central figures in Baltimore's political arena. The inclusion of their lives to the historical record expands the understanding of the African American freedom struggle in the United States as a protracted process. It also adds support to the idea that women were key figures in the struggle for social change and justice. Furthermore, since women's contributions cannot be accurately analyzed without discourse on gender relations, this research offers a gendered analysis in relation to civil rights activities. Utilizing a Black feminist framework this paper also reflects the complexity of their position as middle class African American women.