Many prominent and well-known figures greatly impacted the civil rights movement, but one of the most influential and unsung leaders of that period was Gloria Richardson. As the leader of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (CNAC), a multifaceted liberation campaign formed to target segregation and racial inequality in Cambridge, Maryland, Richardson advocated for economic justice and tactics beyond nonviolent demonstrations. Her philosophies and strategies were adopted by a number of civil rights and black power leaders and activists.
Joseph R. Fitzgerald has written a biography of Gloria Richardson entitled “The Struggle Is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation.” It is published by University Press of Kentucky.
Joseph R. Fitzgerald is assistant professor of history and political science at Cabrini University. His areas of focus include critical race feminism and the civil rights and black power waves of the modern black liberation movement. He will be at Nighthawks in Troy, New York for a book event on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m.