"This biography will enlighten anyone interested in the black freedom struggle, the classic phase of the civil rights movement, and women's history."
-Tennessee Historical Review
"[In this] comprehensive and thoroughly engrossing biography. . . . Katherine Charron artfully presents the full breadth of the life and career of Septima Clark."
-Journal of African American History
"Charron's stunning, eminently readable writing style pulls the reader in from the outset with opening lines that approach synesthesia. . . . Any biographers would find this work amazing and a worthy addition to their libraries. Any historian of the civil rights movements would be well suited to pick this up as background and context for understanding a leader and pioneer. A general reader would not be put off by academic prose or overreliance on either citations or notations."
"More than a biography."
-Oral History Review
"As a lyrical and moving account of an influential activist, this biography is unrivaled."
-Journal of American Studies
"[Reynolds] has made a considerable contribution to historical thought."
-The Brown Book
"A beautifully written and meticulously researched biography….An essential addition to the growing number of biographies of black women educators and activists….It challenges us to broaden our understanding of the development of the civil rights era, the definition of civil rights leadership, and the role of education in laying the foundation for protest and social justice in the twentieth century."
-The American Historical Review
"In Charron's capable hands, [Septima] Clark's life has at long last received the full-length attention it deserves."
-Oral History Review
"Deeply researched and engaging. . . . Charron's richly suggestive biography of Septima Clark will surely stimulate more work on the African American women who made the possibilities of the movement realities."
-Journal of American History
"[A] deft narrative. . . . A compelling story about someone whose name may not be included as a leader in the civil rights movement but certainly should be."
-The Journal of Southern History
"A carefully researched and beautifully written study that absorbs the reader from the first paragraph. . . . An engaging synthesis of the major events and personalities of twentieth-century South Carolina. . . . An essential text for students of educational history, women's history, and the civil rights movement."
-North Carolina Historical Review
is the product of a 12-year research journey, the result of which is extensive and meticulously organized. . . . Charron vividly brings [Clark's] life and times to the fore."
-The Charleston Post and Courier
From the Inside Flap
In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this biography of Clark, Charron demonstrates Clark's crucial role--and the role of many black women teachers--in making education a cornerstone of the twentieth-century freedom struggle.