Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era by Ollie Johnson, Karin Stanford

By Ollie Johnson, Karin Stanford

We all know greatly approximately civil rights enterprises through the Nineteen Sixties, yet particularly little approximately black political companies given that that decade. Questions of concentration, responsibility, constitution, and relevance have surrounded those teams because the smooth Civil Rights stream resulted in 1968. Political scientists Ollie A. Johnson III and Karin L. Stanford have assembled a gaggle of students who research the management, club, constitution, targets, ideology, actions, responsibility, and effect of up to date black political enterprises and their leaders. Questions thought of are: How have those organisations tailored to the altering sociopolitical and monetary atmosphere? What ideological shifts, if any, have happened inside every one? What concerns are thought of very important to black political teams and what concepts are used to enforce their agendas? The individuals additionally examine how those corporations have tailored to alterations in the black group and American society as a complete. companies lined contain recognized ones similar to the NAACP, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Southern Christian management convention, the city League, and the Congress of Racial Equality, in addition to corporations equivalent to the nationwide organization of coloured Women's golf equipment. non secular teams, together with black church buildings and the country of Islam, also are thought of.

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The Black Power Movement represented dissatisfaction with the limited progress of the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of mainline clergy. Ironically, to a certain extent, the leaders of the movement became victims of their own success. As more and more avenues of opportunity were opened to African Americans, largely as a result of the movement, the parallel society that the church had provided for centuries was needed less and less. As James Q. 47 Du Bois predicted in 1903 that there would be a supersession of clerically grounded leadership and that the development of and access to other institutions would replace the centrality of the church vis-à-vis political activity.

20 Allison Calhoun-Brown Resources A conducive political environment only affords the aggrieved population the opportunity for successful insurgent action. It is the resources of the minority community which enable insurgent groups to exploit these opportunities. 28 The mobilization of resources lies at the heart of any successful social movement. Without it there is no capacity for action. A central concern of most accounts of the Civil Rights Movement is how the resources of the Black community were marshaled to accomplish political ends.

The budget for the Congressional Black Caucus is for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a separate, tax-exempt organization organized in 1982 to raise funds to support the group. Until 1995 the caucus itself raised four thousand dollars from each of its members in order to support its operations. The Republican congressional majority under House Speaker Newt Gingrich discontinued this form of member support. Source: Adapted from Hanes Walton Jr. and Robert C. Smith, American Politics and the African American Quest for Universal Freedom (New York: Addison Wesley Longman, 2000), 120.

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