Women Civil Rights Leaders Discuss Their Work and Legacies with Melissa Harris-Perry

Black women have long battled at the forefront of civil rights movements.  Their leadership and commitment have shaped what we recognize as Black Freedom Movements. The discussion moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry included Joyce Ladner, sociologist and civil rights activist; Avis Jones De-Weever, former executive director, National Council of Negro Women; Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and Charlene A. Carruthers, national director, Black Youth Project 100 as panelists.

The women talk about their work as well as motivations and legacies.

Watch below.

Be sure to pick up Melissa's book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

Kimberly Foster is the founder and editor of For Harriet. Email or


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