Origins of the Civil Rights Movements
A “valuable, eye-opening work” (The Boston Globe) about the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs. Rosa Parks, weary after a long day at work, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man…and ignited the explosion that was the civil rights movement in America. In this powerful saga, Morris tells the complete story behind the ten years that transformed America, tracing the essential role of the black community organizations that was the real power behind the civil rights movement. Drawing on interviews with more than fifty key leaders, original documents, and other moving firsthand material, he brings to life the people behind the scenes who led the fight to end segregation, providing a critical new understanding of the dynamics of social change.
“An important addition to our knowledge of the strategies of social change for all oppressed peoples.” —Reverend Jesse Jackson
“A benchmark study…setting the historical record straight.” —The New York Times Book Review
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CORE and the South In 1957 CORE made its first attempt to establish a base in
the South. Because CORE was largely led by middle-class white intellectuals
during the late 1950s, it entered the South with a paternalistic attitude about how
48 After the Montgomery bus boycott CORE's Executive Secretary decided that
the organization could become important in the movement if it could find a
competent black organizer capable of building CORE chapters in the South.
Farmer has noted: "CORE was a secular organization. It was non- religious. In
fact, when we set it up, I insisted that CORE not be a religious organization."50
Farmer had reasoned that a secular social change organization could best serve
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A sociological, mass movement based look at the Civil Rights Mvt and it's constituent alphabet soup parts: NAACP, CORE, SCLC, MIA etc. The interesting thing about this book is the many interviews the ... Read full review
Domination Church and the NAACP
Beginnings and Confrontations
MIA ICC and ACMHR
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