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Monday, April 24, 2017

AMY JACQUES HARVEY AS FEMINIST

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...On the women’s page of the Negro World, black women activists articulated the position Sojourner Truth had emphasized so many years earlier: the struggle for women’s rights cannot be divorced from the struggle for civil and human rights.

Following the ratification of the nineteenth amendment in August 1920, the Jamaican black nationalist Amy Jacques Garvey praised the amendment for expanding opportunities for women in the public sphere. She was not oblivious to its limitations especially as it pertained to black women in the United States. But, [Harvey] saw it as a source of inspiration and a step towards greater liberation for all women.

In [Harvey's] writings during this period, she often drew comparisons to white feminist movements in her efforts to encourage black women to push harder in the fight for their liberation and the liberation of other people of color. 
“White women are rallying all their forces,” she argued, “and [they are] uniting regardless of national boundaries to save their race from destruction and preserve its ideals for posterity.” “We see them in the law courts pleading as advocates; they preside as judges and administer laws; while in less numbers, yet they are to be seen in parliaments, congresses and council chambers legislating for their people.” “Be not discouraged black women of the world,” she added, “but push forward, regardless of the lack of appreciation shown [to] you. A race must be saved, a country must be redeemed….”
~AAIHS.ORG 



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