before she sat down, she stood up

Historian and Wayne State University Professor Danielle L. McGuire’s At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power unpacks the history of racialized sexual violence that fueled black women’s activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Before Rosa Parks helped initiate the Montgomery Bus Boycott, she worked as the NAACP’s chief investigator of the sexual assaults and rapes of black women in the South. Reminiscent of Ida B. Wells’s tireless documentation of lynching, Rosa Parks gathered evidence to expose the scourge of sexual violence against black women and to seek justice for their injuries.

Listen to an interview with Danielle McGuire and Robert Corbitt, brother of mother and sharecropper Recy Taylor, whose brutal gang rape set off a movement against sexual violence.

Read more Q & A with Professor McGuire at


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

2 responses to “before she sat down, she stood up

  1. Thank you so much for covering the book! If your readers have any questions, I am happy to offer answers! My website also has more information:

    All my best,
    Danielle McGuire

  2. Thanks Danielle. It's really exciting and important work.

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