Date of Award
Dr. Mary Mitchell
Dr. Charles Chamberlain
Dr. Andrea Mosterman
New Orleans Historical is a project of the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies in the History Department of the University of New Orleans. This thesis and tour presents and discusses the “Ladies First” tour which contains seven tour stops on New Orleans Historical. The tour chronicles seven women and girls who have advanced the cause of equal rights and justice in the metropolitan region of New Orleans, Louisiana between 1950 and 1975. This thesis examines the work of seven key figures: Rosa Keller, Doratha “Dodie” Simmons, Marie Ortiz, Sybil Morial, and Dorothy Mae Taylor; and participants in the Civil Rights Movement, two young Black girls, Leona Tate and Ruby Bridges. These seven women’s activism centered on three principal areas: for education, resistance to segregation, and political participation.
Keywords: Activism, African American, Black, Civil Rights Movement, Women, Girls, New Orleans, Segregation, Integration
Rushing, Terri R., "Ladies First: The Ways Women and Girls Affected Change in the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans" (2021). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 2883.