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Book Review of The Struggle for Black Equality 1954 - 1992 The Struggle for Black Equality is an outstanding history of the civil rights movement The book recounts the growth of the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement from the 1954 Brown v Board of Education Supreme Court decision through the Southern segregation of the 1960s to predominant urban problems of the 1990s The work covers important aspects of key leadership founding of civil rights organizations historic incidents political adversaries advocates resistance defeats eventual triumph of Civil Rights and subsequent contemporary discrimination The author explains that the appointment of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference fit the need for Southern African Americans to become preeminent in the movement which before the founding of the SCLC and additional civil rights organizations was chiefly the domain of Northerners Sitkoff 56 Now the Southern churches provided the movement with a stable base1 that firmly established non violence at its core Sitkoffs analysis of the Civil Rights Era accurately illustrates the social protest of the period with broad clarity including an authoritative account of the momentous Montgomery bus boycott The work well noted that the Rosa Parks December 1955 bus event unified the black community2 whose solidarity and resolve was expressed for over a year throughout the boycott of Montgomerys city buses The author depicts the men women and children of the civil rights revolution as ordinary people living in extraordinary times Book Review of The Struggle for Black Equality 1954 - 1992 Many of the movements advocates were revealed as fearful political progressives longing to preserve peace Sitkoff divulged leaders often revered as civil rights champions such as President John F Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy believed Jim Crow was wrong yet hesitated to act due to political aspirations Sitkoff 97 President Kennedy needed the votes of Southern Democrats thus he appointed segregationist to lifetime federal judgeships in
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