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Fighting Jim Crow in the County of KingsThe Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn$
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Brian Purnell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141824

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141824.001.0001

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“Brooklyn Stands with Selma”

“Brooklyn Stands with Selma”

(p.279) Conclusion “Brooklyn Stands with Selma”
Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings

Brian Purnell

University Press of Kentucky

Brooklyn CORE faded from public light two years before the Black Power movement and Black Nationalism arose to dominate the national civil rights movement, and black Brooklyn’s protest politics. Black Power did not destroy the civil rights movement in Brooklyn, but instead it was the failure of the state to address racism publicly, swiftly, and forcefully, that led to the end of Brooklyn CORE’s interracial, nonviolent phase and the rise of Black Nationalism in Brooklyn and National CORE. A case of historical amnesia sets in amongst city powerbrokers who are able to identify and forcefully condemn racism in Selma, Alabama, but not in their own backyard.

Keywords:   Robert Wagner, Jr. Brooklyn, New York 1965, Selma Alabama, 1965, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem riots, 1964, Sonny Carson, Black Nationalism

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