From Greensboro to Notting Hill

Stephen Tuck

in From Sit-Ins to SNCC

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041513
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043883 | DOI:
From Greensboro to Notting Hill

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Further examining global aspects of the freedom struggle, this chapter by Stephen Tuck argues that the local/national struggles for racial equality in America and Britain can only be fully understood in their international context. The relationship between civil rights activists in both countries was particularly close in the 1960s and triangulated with developments in Africa and the Caribbean. The sit-ins became a favored tactic of British anti-racist activism, but never won big headlines because Jim Crow-style segregation was not deeply embedded in the U.K. Meanwhile American campaigners for racial equality followed events in Britain, which were more analogous than postcolonial Africa's to their own situation. In providing a cautionary tale of the socioeconomic discrimination and anti-immigration sentiment that a black minority experienced in a liberal democracy, U.K. developments helped to inform SNCC's eventual call for Black Power as its official position.

Keywords: Civil rights; Discrimination; Sit-ins; United States; Britain

Chapter.  7769 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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