Black Politics After the Civil Rights Movement: Activity and by David Covin

By David Covin

This crucial research posits a brand new approach of realizing how traditional Black humans used the 30 years following the civil rights flow to forge a brand new political truth for themselves and their kingdom. whereas following nationwide traits heavily, it focuses really at the political atmosphere of Sacramento, California, from 1970 to 2000. Having a racial profile that's remarkably just like the nation's demographics as an entire, Sacramento serves as an invaluable nationwide proxy at the racial query. not like so much reports of Black politics over the period, this article will pay shut awareness to minor actors within the political approach, but locations them in the context of the bigger political international. We see, for instance, the neighborhood results of the warfare on Poverty, the Harold Washington mayoral campaigns, the Rainbow Coalition, the Million guy March, and the nice raises in in the neighborhood appointed and elected Black officers in the context of comparable campaigns and routine national.

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74 That proved true for everyday Black people who rushed into those spaces in an effort to create new possibilities for themselves. Black Sacramento as an Embodiment of National Patterns We find in Black Sacramento’s history much of what we find in the rest of the country: an early African population of the enslaved, the escaped, and the free. We find also in Sacra- 28 Black Politics After the Civil Rights Movement mento the Underground Railroad, the Black Convention Movement, the Black Church, and Masonic Lodges.

The late ’60s were explosive times, years of social movement, political confrontation, and rebellion. People called themselves revolutionaries. 74 That proved true for everyday Black people who rushed into those spaces in an effort to create new possibilities for themselves. Black Sacramento as an Embodiment of National Patterns We find in Black Sacramento’s history much of what we find in the rest of the country: an early African population of the enslaved, the escaped, and the free. We find also in Sacra- 28 Black Politics After the Civil Rights Movement mento the Underground Railroad, the Black Convention Movement, the Black Church, and Masonic Lodges.

It had become a 22 Black Politics After the Civil Rights Movement Sacramento County Statistical Areas, 1960. The map shows Sacramento County population distribution at the time of the 1960 census. 1. ORIGINS OF BLACK SACRAMENTO 23 close-in neighborhood. As more Black people moved in, white people fled. Many of them did not sell. They rented their former homes to the dark-skinned migrants. Del Paso Heights was altogether different. North of the American River, it was not only outside Sacramento, it was in the opposite direction from the city’s course of growth.

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