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The New Left and the Black Movement, 1965–1968

The New Left and the Black Movement, 1965–1968

Chapter:
(p.16) Chapter One The New Left and the Black Movement, 1965–1968
Source:
A Hard Rain Fell
Author(s):
David Barber
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110171.003.0002

This chapter traces the Students for a Democratic Society’s (SDS) relationship to the black struggle through the most tumultuous years of the black movement’s existence: Black Power’s proclamation, the great urban rebellions of 1967, the Black Panther Party’s rise to prominence, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. More than at any other time in SDS’s brief life, these were the years that SDS’s young white activists were challenged to understand their own racialization and, in bits and pieces, slowly began to see the “constructedness” of their own identities.

Keywords:   Students for a Democratic Society, SDS, black movement, Black Power, urban rebellion, Black Panther Party, Martin Luther King Jr

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