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The Struggle Is EternalGloria Richardson and Black Liberation$
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Joseph R. Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176499

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176499.001.0001

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Shock Therapy, Round Two

Shock Therapy, Round Two

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The Struggle Is Eternal

Joseph R. Fitzgerald

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter continues to detail the history of the social justice–focused Cambridge movement and white politicos’ use of laissez-faire gradualism to thwart it. It discusses Richardson’s growing influence in the Cambridge movement, particularly her ideas about who should be involved in the movement, what its goals should be, and what strategies and tactics should be used to achieve them. She rejected the politics of respectability, which stressed adherence to certain dress and personal behavior standards, and presented herself to white leaders, including Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, as an unflinching advocate for black liberation. This chapter also covers Richardson’s role in the “Treaty of Cambridge,” a formal agreement between city leaders and CNAC that outlined the steps white leaders would take to address the city’s racial issues.

Keywords:   laissez-faire gradualism, leadership style, politics of respectability, Treaty of Cambridge

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