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Hurtin' WordsDebating Family Problems in the Twentieth-Century South$
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Ted Ownby

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469647005

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647005.001.0001

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The Only American Community Where Men Call Each Other “Brother” When They Meet: Redefining Brotherhood and Sisterhood in the 1960s

The Only American Community Where Men Call Each Other “Brother” When They Meet: Redefining Brotherhood and Sisterhood in the 1960s

Redefining Brotherhood and Sisterhood in the 1960s

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(p.132) Chapter 4 The Only American Community Where Men Call Each Other “Brother” When They Meet: Redefining Brotherhood and Sisterhood in the 1960s
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Hurtin' Words
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Ted Ownby

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469647005.003.0005

This chapter describes activists who rejected the idea of a crisis in African American family life. In response to the Moynihan Report of 1965, many African Americans rejected claims about the weakness of family life, offering the strength and creativity embodied in adaptable family definitions. At the same time, many African Americans began using the terms “brother” and “sister” not as arguments about racial integration but to refer to the shared experiences of African American men and women.

Keywords:   Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Feminism, Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Moynihan Report, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Joyce Ladner, Alice Walker

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