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To Turn the Whole World OverBlack Women and Internationalism$
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Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042317

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042317.001.0001

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“What That Meant to Me”

“What That Meant to Me”

SNCC Women, the 1964 Guinea Trip, and Black Internationalism

(p.219) Chapter 10 “What That Meant to Me”
To Turn the Whole World Over

Julia Erin Wood

University of Illinois Press

In September 1964 a group of eleven Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists traveled to Guinea for a three-week visit. For the women on the trip--Prathia Hall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dona Richards Moses, and Ruby Doris Smith Robinson--their stay in Africa had a profound and lasting effect. At a time when Pan-Africanism, African nationalism, and black internationalism were often defined in masculine terms, the women of SNCC also embraced and practiced internationalism. For some SNCC women, internationalism took place internally, on a personal level, through claiming and taking pride in their African American heritage. What the SNCC women witnessed and experienced in Guinea provided them with a new affirmation of their beauty as black women and a stronger sense of their identity as people of African descent.

Keywords:   Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Guinea, Africa, Prathia Hall, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dona Richards Moses, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson, African nationalism, Pan-Africanism

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