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 Time.com