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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

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

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042317.003.0011

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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