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Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era
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We know a great deal about civil rights organizations during the 1960s, but relatively little about black

political organizations since that decade. Questions of focus, accountability, structure, and relevance have surrounded these groups since the modern Civil Rights Movement ended in 1968. Political scientists Ollie A. Johnson III and Karin L. Stanford have assembled a group of scholars who examine the leadership, membership, structure, goals, ideology, activities, accountability, and impact of contemporary black political organizations and their leaders. Questions considered are: How have these organizations adapted to the changing sociopolitical and economic environment? What ideological shifts, if any, have occurred within each one? What issues are considered important to black political groups and what strategies are used to implement their agendas? The contributors also investigate how these organizations have adapted to changes within the black community and American society as a whole.

Organizations covered include well-known ones such as the NAACP, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Urban League, and the Congress of Racial Equality, as well as organizations such as the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. Religious groups, including black churches and the Nation of Islam, are also considered.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Relevance of Black Political Organizations in the Post–Civil Rights Era
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. Will the Circle Be Unbroken? The Political Involvement of Black Churches since the 1960s
  2. pp. 14-27
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  1. 2. The NAACP in the Twenty-first Century
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. 3. The National Urban League: Reinventing Service for the Twenty-first Century
  2. pp. 40-53
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  1. 4. A Layin’ On of Hands: Black Women’s Community Work
  2. pp. 54-79
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  1. 5. From Protest to Black Conservatism: The Demise of the Congress of Racial Equality
  2. pp. 80-98
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  1. 6. “You’re Not Ready for Farrakhan”: The Nation of Islam and the Struggle for Black Political Leadership, 1984–2000
  2. pp. 99-131
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  1. 7. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference: Beyond the Civil Rights Movement
  2. pp. 132-149
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  1. 8. Reverend Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition: Institutionalizing Economic Opportunity
  2. pp. 150-169
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  1. 9. “We Refused to Lay Down Our Spears”: The Persistence of Welfare Rights Activism, 1966–1996
  2. pp. 170-192
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  1. 10. Black Political Leadership in the Post–Civil Rights Era
  2. pp. 193-201
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  1. 11. Where Do We Go from Here? Facing the Challenges of the Post–Civil Rights Era
  2. pp. 202-216
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 217-248
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 249-251
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-264
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