The Education of a Black Radical: A Southern Civil Rights Activist's Journey, 1959-1964

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr

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Memphis native D'Army Bailey was the freshman class president at Southern University when four black college students refused to leave the whites-only lunch counter of a Greensboro, North Carolina Woolworth's on February 1, 1960. Their action set off a wave of similar protests among black college students across the South, including D'Army Bailey and his classmates at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Education of a Black Radical details Bailey's experiences on the front lines of the black student movement of the early 1960s, providing a rare firsthand account of the early days of America's civil rights struggle and a shining example of one man's struggle to uphold the courageous principles of liberty, justice, and equality. ΒΆ After being expelled from Southern for leading a class boycott to protest the administration's efforts to quell the lingering unrest on campus, Bailey continued his academic journey north to Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He sustained and expanded his activism in the North and he provides invaluable eyewitness accounts of many major events from the civil rights era, including the 1963 March on Washington. Labeled "subversive" and a "black nationalist militant" by the FBI, Bailey crossed paths with many visionary activists, including Malcolm X, Abbie Hoffman, Reverend Will D. Campbell, Anne Braden, James Meredith, Tom Hayden and future Congressmen Barney Frank, John Lewis, and Allard Lowenstein.

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