Final Reflection

My research project will assess women’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

a) What have been the major obstacles you have faced in putting a research project together?
One of the major obstacles that I have faced when approaching this topic is finding original photographs. I am planning on using a lot of photographs for this topic, especially for the March on Washington in 1963 was widely publicised. However, even though it is a good media to use finding original negatives have been hard. Not for the lack of them but the accessibility to them.

b) What strategies have you adopted to overcome these obstacles?
To overcome this, I have been searching many different archival sources in America and I have started to contact some of them in order to see if they can help me. However, some of these people can’t help me. So I will have to find some other way to fix this obstacle.

c) What has this taught you about approaching your dissertation?
This has taught me that I need to think about how I will plan to proceed, this will obviously be a long process. But I am hopeful that I will be able to find the things I need for my dissertation. I also think moving forward I should keep in contact more with my supervisor and also my peers in order to stay motivated.

d) Which aspects of the 9X6 module have been the most useful in helping you get your project ready to start?
I found that putting students in contact with our supervisors from the beginning was extremely helpful. Also, the seminars that have been about the assignments are very clear and I also liked having the examples and grading them ourselves to see what was needed of us.

Cerys Forrest – Bibliography

For my dissertation, I am planning to research women’s role in the civil rights movement, and their role in the different civil right groups such as the SCLC, the SNCC, Malcolm X’s black nationalist movement and the Black Panthers.

Primary Sources
There are a few different primary sources I would like to look at it, which include newspapers, personal memoirs, photographs and newspapers from certain civil rights groups.
1.Photograph 306-SSM-4D-73-10; Photograph of the Civil Rights March on Washington; 8/28/1963; Miscellaneous Subjects, Staff and Stringer Photographs, 1961 – 1974; Records of the U.S. Information Agency, Record Group 306; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD. [Online Version,, January 30, 2021]

This a photo of the March on Washington in 1963, I found this photo from the national archives, while doing some research. I think this photo gives a good insight into there participation in the different groups in the civil rights movement.

this is a Black Panther Party Newspaper, they have many newspapers dating from 1967 – 1970 and I would like to use them to see what their objectives were and where women played a part in them.

3. Huggins, Ericka, Interviewee, David P Cline, John Melville Bishop, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Ericka C. Huggins oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in Oakland, California. 2016. Pdf.
This is an interview from a senior leader of the Black Panther Party Ericka Huggins, in this interview, she talks about her participation in the party and in the sexism that she faced but prevailed in.

Secondary Sources

I’m not sure if this book will be a secondary source or a primary but I intend to use it quite a lot. I found this book on JSTOR when I was looking for related books from articles.
1. Collier-Thomas, Bettye, and V. P. Franklin, eds. Sisters in the Struggle: African American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement. NEW YORK; LONDON: NYU Press, 2001. Accessed February 3, 2021.
this book is comprised mainly of essays and memoirs and personal writings from female leaders in different civil right movement groups and influential African American activists during this time. I think this book will be very useful to give me an insight into the workings of the different groups and how women played a part in these groups. As well as their thoughts on each of the movements and their thoughts on the men in these groups.

2. X, Malcolm, and Alex Haley. 1965. The autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Grove Press.

3. King, Martin Luther, and Clayborne Carson. 1998. The autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Intellectual Properties Management in association with Warner Books
4. Davis, Angela Y. 1974. Angela Davis: an autobiography.

by using autobiographies I will get am insight into each of these peoples thoughts about women in the civil right movement, however, autobiographies from a man’s point of view might not give me the complete insight into the women’s role in the civil rights movement.

Introduction – Cerys

Hi, my name is Cerys, I am from a small village called Westend, which is in South Lanarkshire. I am currently thinking about my dissertation to focus on America. American history I am thinking of focusing on Black Females and the contribution to national progress (women in the space race, technology and stuff like that). Also in American history, I am thinking about the great depression and the rise of Anti-Heros like Al Capone and Bonnie and Clyde and the perception of them. Online learning I don’t mind doing, I can focus at home and don’t get too distracted, I definitely don’t miss the commute up to Stirling, but also at home I have 4 dogs that seem to need my attention more than they usually do just because I am at home.