Date of Award

Summer 8-8-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Arts in Humanities (DAH)



First Advisor

Timothy Askew, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Aubrey Underwood, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Alma Vinyard, Ph.D.


This study examines the pathways of two Atlanta, Georgia African-American women social activists, Dorothy Lee Bolden Thompson and Ruby Parks Blackburn, and their respective organizations, two unsung heroes that some history books failed to give the proper recognition that they so deserved. It encompasses the challenges, civic work, social justice, and efforts as they emerged as social activists. Additionally, this study is based on the premise that these noteworthy Southern African-American women’s social activist organizations, The Georgia League of Negro Women Voters as founded by Ruby Parks Blackburn and the National Domestic Union established by Dorothy Lee Bolden made a major impact in the Atlanta area. Although they were both from two totally different lifestyles, it is without a doubt that these two fearless women originators of very successful organizations were instrumental in joining together African-American citizens of Atlanta Georgia.