Bertha Maxwell-Roddey: A Modern-Day Race Woman and the Power of Black Leadership

Sonya Ramsey

This biography of educational activist and Black studies forerunner Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey examines a life of remarkable achievements and leadership in the desegregated South. Sonya Ramsey modernizes the nineteenth-century term “race woman” to describe how Maxwell-Roddey and her peers turned hard-won civil rights and feminist milestones into tangible accomplishments in North Carolina and nationwide from the late 1960s to the 1990s.

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