Patricia Montgomery

Septima Poinsette Clark, 2017
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45 x 24 x 10 in
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Patricia A. Montgomery celebrates Septima Poinsette Clark in this Civil Rights Swing Coat she hand stitched and quilted. As an American educator and civil right activist, she believed in the important of education and spent her life teaching African American to become potential voters. She established “Citizenship Schools” teaching reading to adults throughout the deep south. Her goal was to provide not only citizenship rights but self-pride and cultural-pride. She became the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) director of education and teaching. She was the first woman to gain a position on the Executive Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). But like many women, she struggles against the sexism in the movement. Women being treated unequally was “one of the greatest weaknesses of the civil rights movement”