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Yes We Did?
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Barack Obama’s presidential victory demonstrated unprecedented racial progress on a national level. Not since the civil rights legislation of the 1960s has the United States seen such remarkable advances. During Obama’s historic campaign, however, prominent African Americans voiced concern about his candidacy, demonstrating a divided agenda among black political leaders. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. changed perceptions about the nature of African American leadership. In Yes We Did?, Cynthia Fleming examines the expansion of black leadership from grassroots to the national arena, beginning with Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. DuBois and progressing through contemporary leaders including Harold Ford Jr., Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson Jr., and Barack Obama. She emphasizes socioeconomic status, female black leadership, media influence, black conservatism, and generational conflict. Fleming had unprecedented access to a wide range of activists, including Carol Mosley Braun, Al Sharpton, and John Hope Franklin. She deftly maps the history of black leadership in America, illuminating both lingering disadvantages and obstacles that developed after the civil rights movement. Among those interviewed were community activists and scholars, as well as former freedom riders, sit-in activists, and others who were intimately involved in the civil rights struggle and close to Dr. King. Their personal accounts reflect the diverse viewpoints of the black community and offer a new understanding of the history of African American leadership, its current status, and its uncertain future.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Participants
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxi
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Yes We Can
  2. pp. 7-21
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  1. 2. Black Leadership in Historical Perspective
  2. pp. 23-48
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  1. 3. After King, Where Do We Go from Here?
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. 4. The Media and the Message
  2. pp. 69-95
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  1. 5. From Protest to Inclusion (includes pictures)
  2. pp. 97-122
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  1. Photo insert
  2. pp. 123-136
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  1. 6. The Continuing Challenge of Black Economic Underdevelopment
  2. pp. 137-161
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  1. 7. Black Culture Then and Now
  2. pp. 163-187
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  1. 8. Black Community and Black Identity
  2. pp. 189-205
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  1. 9. A Crisis of Victory
  2. pp. 207-225
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 227-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-259
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  1. Bibliographic Essay
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-281
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