Ms. Cooke’s life makes it very hard to keep this to 3 or 4 tweets. But here goes. Cooke was born in MN but made her way to NYC after WEB DuBois hired her as his assistant at The Crisis.
A Puerto Rican nationalist, Canales was active in the Daughters of Freedom, the women-only branch of the Nationalist Party’s military. In 1950, the Nationalists led a series of uprisings to rid the archipelago of U.S. imperialism.
Sometimes called “an outspoken Marxist lesbian feminist,” Woo is an activist, poet, & professor. As a student, she was part of the Third World Liberation Front strikes at Berkeley; as a professor, Berkeley fired her (twice) for her politics.
I hesitated to make Buck a WoD, since her fame is tied almost exclusively to her victimization, but my students are always deeply moved (& surprised) by her story. Carrie Buck was forcibly sterilized by the State of Virginia in 1927.
The same year (1927) that yesterday’s WoD, Carrie Buck, was forcibly sterilized, Mallory was born in Macon, Georgia. When Mallory was a small child, a white woman tried to feed her maggots. She was characteristically defiant.
Named by her lefty parents after Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Fink took her namesake’s politics to heart. In 1974, only days out law school, she joined the Attica Brothers Legal Defense Committee.