This discussion will delve into black cultural-nationalist organizations, which rested on a philosophy constraining women’s roles to home, education, and supporting men’s agendas. Educational institutions, thus, served as hubs for women’s political expressions within such a context. The women used access to education, training, and leadership opportunities to transcend designated gender roles. This presentation also reflects the “loyalties” theme by exploring black cultural-nationalist women’s framing of their activism as an expression of “African Womanhood.” In this way, they remained faithful to what they viewed as an African-diasporic tradition. I argue, however, that their gender ideals also resembled those of Early National Period “Republican Mothers,” particularly in the manner that their roles were politicized within the context of freedom struggles. This work considers commonalities between seemingly disparate nationalist loyalties and the means by which women historically employed ideologies alongside education, politics, and activism in pursuit of greater empowerment.
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