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The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta

Maurice J. Hobson

Abstract

For more than a century, the city of Atlanta has been associated with black achievement in education, business, politics, media, and music, earning it the nickname “the black Mecca.” Atlanta’s long tradition of black education dates back to Reconstruction, and produced an elite that flourished in spite of Jim Crow, rose to leadership during the civil rights movement, and then took power in the 1970s by building a coalition between white progressives, business interests, and black Atlantans. But as Maurice Hobson demonstrates, Atlanta’s political leadership--from the election of Maynard Jackson ... More

Keywords: Atlanta University Center, black masses, black mecca, black middle class, black New South, Central Atlanta Project, Hotlanta, Civil Rights Act of 1964, City Too Busy to Hate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635354
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635354.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maurice J. Hobson, author
Georgia State University