Research Programs: Summer Stipends

Period of Performance

6/1/2016 - 7/31/2016

Funding Totals

$6,000.00 (approved)
$6,000.00 (awarded)

The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle

FAIN: FT-249221-16

Rebecca Ann Tuuri
University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001)

A book-length study of the National Council of Negro Women. 

This is the first full-length scholarly monograph on the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the largest black women’s organization in the United States at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Era. Whereas recent studies of militant and visible civil rights efforts seek to retrieve and analyze a radical model of social change, this story examines how the middle class black women of the NCNW used their respectability, moderate reputation, and national network to gain access to and money from powerful political and business leaders from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Their private, non-governmental, self-help approach even appealed to conservative leaders. However, NCNW also funneled financial resources and support to projects and individuals deemed too controversial by mainstream America to gain funding on their own, thus challenging clear-cut boundaries between radicals and moderates, leftists and liberals.

Media Coverage

"USM Professor receives national humanities honor" (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Derek Pierce
Date: 4/14/2016
Abstract: The local Fox affiliate, channel 23, covered news of my winning the NEH summer stipend.

"Southern Miss professor receives national honor" (Media Coverage)
Publication: Hattiesburg American
Date: 4/13/2016
Abstract: Local newspaper story about my award.

"USM employees recognized" (Media Coverage)
Publication: The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson)
Date: 5/8/2016
Abstract: This is an article about employees from USM that were recognized nationally and state-wide. My award is included in this story.

"Professor Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Honor" (Media Coverage)
Publication: Southern Miss Now
Date: 4/11/2016
Abstract: This was an announcement of my award from the official website for Southern Miss' office of university communications.

Associated Products

Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle (Book)
Title: Strategic Sisterhood: The National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle
Author: Rebecca Ann Tuuri
Year: 2018
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: WorldCat entry (1469638894)
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 1469638894