How Did White Southern Churchwomen Use Their Race, Gender, and Faith in the
Struggle for Civil Rights, 1945-1968?

Abstract

   This document project features the work of Dorothy Tilly and the Fellowship of the Concerned. It offers a perspective on the continuum of southern churchwomen's activism in racial reform and the gendered nature of their activism from the mid-1940s to 1968. Although white churches were often slow to respond to the civil rights movement, many women worked within religious organizations, inspired by their faith and guided by their sense of themselves as wives and mothers. Tilly's personal religious convictions were rooted in the Methodist church, but over time she forged a much broader interdenominational and interracial alliance of women who were similarly committed to their faith and civil rights.

 

   

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