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Origins of the Civil Rights Movements : Black Communities Organizing for Change



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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

Table of Contents

Preface v
Introduction ix
Domination, Church, and the NAACP
Beginnings and Confrontations
Movement Centers: MIA, ICC, and ACMHR
The SCLC: The Decentralized Political Arm of the Black Church
The SCLC's Crusade for Citizenship
Organizational Relationships: The SCLC, the NAACP, and CORE
Movement Halfway Houses
Internal Organization and Direct Action
1960: Origins of a Decade of Disruption
Birmingham: A Planned Exercise in Mass Disruption
Theoretical Overview and Conclusions
Notes 291(36)
Appendix A Data and Methods 327(3)
Appendix B List of Persons Interviewed 330(1)
Appendix C Sample Interview Questionnaire 331(3)
Appendix D Sample Fundraising Statements 334(5)
Bibliography 339(9)
Index 348

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