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The Life of Madie Hall Xuma: Black Women's Global Activism during Jim Crow and Apartheid
by Wanda A. Hendricks
University of Illinois Press, 2022
Paper: 978-0-252-08664-9 | Cloth: 978-0-252-04456-4 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05357-3
Library of Congress Classification DT1927.X865H46 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 968.05092

Revered in South Africa as "An African American Mother of the Nation," Madie Beatrice Hall Xuma spent her extraordinary life immersed in global women's activism. Wanda A. Hendricks's biography follows Hall Xuma from her upbringing in the Jim Crow South to her leadership role in the African National Congress (ANC) and beyond. Hall Xuma was already known for her social welfare work when she married South African physician and ANC activist Alfred Bitini Xuma. Becoming president of the ANC Women’s League put Hall Xuma at the forefront of fighting racial discrimination as South Africa moved toward apartheid. Hendricks provides the long-overlooked context for the events that undergirded Hall Xuma’s life and work. As she shows, a confluence of history, ideas, and organizations both shaped Hall Xuma and centered her in the histories of Black women and women’s activism, and of South Africa and the United States.
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