Racist policies often kept African-American women out of the suffragist movement. The headquarters of Colored Women Voters, located in Georgia, was one of many early 20th-century organizations that fought for African-American suffrage.
Alice Dunnigan began life in rural poverty and eventually became the first African American woman to serve as a White House and congressional news correspondent. The book has been described as an unflinching look at how Dunnigan endured the rough-and-tumble political terrain of the 1940s and 1950s and how she persevered to keep civil rights in the public eye before the civil rights movement was recognized by white America. We have Carol McCabe Booker to thank for bringing this story back into the light. Booker condensed Dunnigan’s 1974 self-published book editing it to add scholarly annotations and historic context resulting in a book with wide appeal. Booker is a former journalist and DC attorney. She and her husband, Simeon Booker, wrote Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement. Booker is an engaging writer and a captivating presenter.