Challenging U.S. Apartheid: Atlanta and Black Struggles for Human Rights, 1960-1977</P><P> (Hardback)Winston A. Grady-Willis (author)
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Grady-Willis describes Black activism within a framework of human rights rather than in terms of civil rights. As he demonstrates, civil rights were only one part of a larger struggle for self-determination, a fight to dismantle a system of inequalities that he conceptualizes as "apartheid structures." Drawing on archival research and interviews with activists of the 1960s and 1970s, he illuminates a wide range of activities, organizations, and achievements, including the neighborhood-based efforts of Atlanta's Black working poor, clandestine associations such as the African American women's group Sojourner South, and the establishment of autonomous Black intellectual institutions such as the Institute of the Black World. Grady-Willis's chronicle of the politics within the Black freedom movement in Atlanta brings to light overlapping ideologies, gender and class tensions, and conflicts over divergent policies, strategies, and tactics. It also highlights the work of grassroots activists, who take center stage alongside well-known figures in Challenging U.S. Apartheid. Women, who played central roles in the human rights struggle in Atlanta, are at the foreground of this history.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 599 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 26 mm
"By deploying the frames of apartheid and human rights to analyze social struggle in the Black U.S. urban context, Winston A. Grady-Willis's work asks scholars to rethink the way we characterize Black demands and, therefore, their relationship to a broader activist cadre and global politics."-Rhonda Y. Williams, author of The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women's Struggles Against Urban Inequality
"This book is an important addition to the literary examination of the Civil Rights Movement. Atlanta nurtured the intellectual, intuitive, and creative spirits of Movement leaders because it was a crossroads of progressive thought, merging a morally conscious academic, religious, and business community into a galvanizing force in American history. Winston A. Grady-Willis takes a serious, researched approach to his analysis of a city often called the `Little New York' or the `Gateway to the South.' He helps us understand its contemporary role in modern history as a Gateway to the New America."-U.S. Representative John Lewis
"Challenging U.S. Apartheid is a fascinating read not only of the frontline struggles that brought down Jim Crow, but for its account of how political consciousness took shape and broadened over the course of a generation." -- Lee Wengraf * International Socialist Review *
"Grady-Willis's analysis of Atlanta movements and their interaction with `national' organizations and personalities makes a major contribution to the study of modern American civil and human rights movements. . . . Grady-Willis's narrative writing style is accessible enough to sustain the attention of undergraduates . . . . [The book] is among the very best examples of this new generation of civil rights scholarship. It not only adds to what scholars have already written about movements in Atlanta and other communities but also problematizes and reframes the questions scholars should be asking about the civil rights movement in all of its manifestations." -- J. Todd Moye * American Historical Review *
"Winston A. Grady-Willis has made and important contribution to the historiography of the black freedom movement. . . . Challenging U.S. Apartheid is an important read for anyone interested in Black Power, Atlanta history, and the internationalization of the African American human rights struggle." -- John Matthew Smith * Journal of Social History *
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