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City Son: Andrew W. Cooper's Impact on Modern-Day Brooklyn

Wayne Dawkins

Abstract

In 1966, a year after the Voting Rights Act began liberating millions of southern blacks, New Yorkers challenged a political system that weakened their voting power. Andrew W. Cooper (1927–2002), a beer company employee, sued state officials in a case called Cooper vs. Power. In 1968, the courts agreed that black citizens were denied the right to elect an authentic representative of their community. The 12th Congressional District was redrawn. Shirley Chisholm, a member of Cooper’s political club, ran for the new seat and made history as the first black woman elected to Congress. Cooper became ... More

Keywords: Voting Rights Act, southern blacks, New Yorkers, political system, voting power, Andrew W. Cooper, Cooper vs. Power, black citizens, 12th Congressional District, Shirley Chisholm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617032585
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617032585.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wayne Dawkins, author