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Black Power: A Failure for Racial Integration—Within the Civil Rights Movement

Black Power: A Failure for Racial Integration—Within the Civil Rights Movement Abstract LONG BEFORE the militant segments of the civil rights movement began their rumblings about "black power," it was obvious, especially in the South, that a crisis in "black-white relations" was emerging. Although problems of interracial relations within the civil rights organizations had existed, these had always been considered part of the dynamic process of moving toward true racial brotherhood and unity. Until very recently, all civil rights groups (including Congress of Racial Equality [CORE] and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] zealously championed black-white solidarity. In fact, SNCC had as its emblem a white hand and a black hand clasped in brotherhood. Other groups, including CORE, had analogous emblems or slogans. The anthem of the movement, "We Shall Overcome," was rarely sung without including the stanza, "Black and white together, we shall overcome." All civil rights organizations were solidly committed to solving any References 1. Poussaint, A.F.: The Stresses of the White Female Worker in the Civil Rights Movement in the South , Amer J Psychiat 123:401-407, 1966. 2. Poussaint, A.F.: Problems of White Civil Rights Workers in the South , Psychiat Opinion 3:18-24, 1966. 3. Position Paper on Black Consciousness , New York Times , (Aug 5) , 1966. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

Black Power: A Failure for Racial Integration—Within the Civil Rights Movement

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1968 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
0003-990X
eISSN
1598-3636
DOI
10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740040001001
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Abstract

Abstract LONG BEFORE the militant segments of the civil rights movement began their rumblings about "black power," it was obvious, especially in the South, that a crisis in "black-white relations" was emerging. Although problems of interracial relations within the civil rights organizations had existed, these had always been considered part of the dynamic process of moving toward true racial brotherhood and unity. Until very recently, all civil rights groups (including Congress of Racial Equality [CORE] and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC] zealously championed black-white solidarity. In fact, SNCC had as its emblem a white hand and a black hand clasped in brotherhood. Other groups, including CORE, had analogous emblems or slogans. The anthem of the movement, "We Shall Overcome," was rarely sung without including the stanza, "Black and white together, we shall overcome." All civil rights organizations were solidly committed to solving any References 1. Poussaint, A.F.: The Stresses of the White Female Worker in the Civil Rights Movement in the South , Amer J Psychiat 123:401-407, 1966. 2. Poussaint, A.F.: Problems of White Civil Rights Workers in the South , Psychiat Opinion 3:18-24, 1966. 3. Position Paper on Black Consciousness , New York Times , (Aug 5) , 1966.

Journal

Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 1968

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