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Building the Beloved Community: Philadelphia S Interracial Civil Rights Organizations and Race Relations, 1930 1970

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Inspired by Quakerism, Progressivism, the Social Gospel movement, and the theories of scholars such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Charles S. Johnson, Franz Boas, and Ruth Benedict, a determined group of Philadelphia activists sought to transform race relations. This book concentrates on these organizations: Fellowship House, the Philadelphia Housing Association, and the Fellowship Commission. While they initially focused on community-level relations, these activists became increasingly involved in building coalitions for the passage of civil rights legislation on the local, state, and national level. This historical account examines their efforts in three distinct, yet closely related areas, education, housing, and labor.

Perhaps the most important aspect of this movement was its utilization of education as a weapon in the struggle against racism. Martin Luther King credited Fellowship House with introducing him to the passive resistance principle of satygraha through a Sunday afternoon forum. Philadelphia's activists influenced the southern civil rights movement through ideas and tactics. Borrowing from Philadelphia, similar organizations would rise in cities from Kansas City to Knoxville. Their impact would have long lasting implications; the methods they pioneered would help shape contemporary multicultural education programs.

Building the Beloved Community places this innovative northern civil rights struggle into a broader historical context. Through interviews, photographs, and rarely utilized primary sources, the author critically evaluates the contributions and shortcomings of this innovative approach to race relations.

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How a northern city with de facto segregation overcame prejudice and became a beacon for the rest of America

About the Author

Stanley Keith Arnold is an assistant professor of history at Northern Illinois University. His work has appeared in the Journal of Sports History, Popular Music and Society, and the Historian.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781628460025
Author:
Arnold, Stanley Keith
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Subject:
Discrimination & Race Relations
Subject:
Civil Rights
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8, 8 bandw photographs
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

» History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
» History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Racism and Ethnic Conflict
» History and Social Science » World History » General

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