Coretta Scott King was deeply involved with social justice causes before marrying Martin Luther King Jr. in 1953 and helping to pave the way for widespread support of Rosa Parks’ resistance to segregation on public busing. But while she was particularly influential, many other women played essential roles in the success of the civil rights movement. As the 60th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom approaches, recognizing the women who helped organize one of the country’s most massive political demonstrations is critical. While historical accounts overwhelmingly highlight the march’s male leadership, women were among the key organizers and helped recruit thousands of participants. Yet women’s organizing during the 1950s and 1960s is most evident at local and regional levels.

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