Emory opens SCLC/WOMEN collection to the public

If you want to learn more about the civil rights movement, follow the women.

Some worked in the forefront. Others worked behind-the-scenes. They were the unsung champions of the movement for equality.

The records of one group of women, the SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now (SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.) are now available at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library.

The volunteer organization, founded by Evelyn G. Lowery in Atlanta 1979, focused on serving the needs of women and families and developed programs in support of family values, education, wellness and human rights.

In 1989, the group separated from SCLC, though the two organizations continued to work closely on various projects.

The collection,” gives an accounting of the behind-the-scene participation of the other half of the SCLC family,” said Pellom McDaniels III, the curator of African-American collections. “They were an integral part of making sure the community was developing.”

The collection contains 147 boxes, primarily documents the activities and business from 1979-2013. Documents include administrative files, correspondence, reports and meeting minutes,fliers, posters, programs and brochures.