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Carolina IsraeliteHow Harry Golden Made Us Care about Jews, the South, and Civil Rights$
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Kimberly Hartnett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469621036

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.001.0001

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Grief, Hope, and Black Power

Grief, Hope, and Black Power

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(p.219) Chapter Seven Grief, Hope, and Black Power
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Carolina Israelite
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Kimberly Marlowe Hartnett

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621036.003.0007

This chapter delves deeper into Harry Golden’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s, highlighting his support for President Lyndon B. Johnson over matters concerning racial discrimination and human rights. Like his predecessor, Johnson sought the eradication of inequality by working together with various organizations such as the NAACP. The climax of Johnson’s support to the movement was the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and the Voting Rights Act. The chapter also describes Golden’s reaction to the rise of black militancy. Golden believed that the hard-fought gains made by black nonviolence were being destroyed by the rise of “black power” and could undo progress. He criticized Malcolm X’s “ballot or bullet” school of speechmaking which urged blacks to take a militaristic stance in the fight for equal rights.

Keywords:   Harry Golden, Civil Rights Movement, Lyndon B. Johnson, racial discrimination, human rights, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act, black militancy, Malcolm X, ballot or bullet

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