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The Struggle Is EternalGloria Richardson and Black Liberation$
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Joseph R. Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176499

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176499.001.0001

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The Struggle Is Eternal

Joseph R. Fitzgerald

University Press of Kentucky

Focusing on Richardson’s childhood, this chapter details how Gloria’s family socialized her according to gender norms for middle-class black girls yet allowed her to be her own person. They supported her when she displayed strong personality traits, such as standing up for herself against perceived injustices. Richardson’s family taught her to respect the black working class, who were so important to her family’s financial success, and she was expected to carry on the tradition of race service. Richardson’s family also played an influential role in the development of her philosophies on race and class, her political leadership, and her secular humanism, all of which would play a part in her civil rights activism.

Keywords:   black working class, childhood, gender norms, humanism

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