Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name



African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. William Boone

Second Advisor

Dr. Janice Sumler-Edmond

Third Advisor

Dr. David Dorsey


This thesis will examine historical and contemporary forms of black women's political participation in America. This research will also examine a 1997 survey of black women's political participation in Atlanta, Georgia to argue that contemporary black women's activism has encompassed both electoral and non-electoral activism and is not atypical. Most of the existing research on women, however, posits black women's activism to be an anomaly. However, black women have participated in both traditional and nontraditional forms of political activity. It is argued that black women's level and style of political activism has been influenced by race, gender, and economic factors.

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