Epilogue: Still Running for Freedom

Steven F. Lawson

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:
Epilogue: Still Running for Freedom

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This chapter by Steven Lawson considers the relevance of the 1960s civil rights struggle to contemporary America. It argues that despite racial income disparity and the limited gains achieved through black suffrage, the past offers some comfort for the future: the political emancipation of blacks, which SNCC was instrumental in achieving, has made a critical difference. In combining protest with electoral politics, the civil rights movement transformed individuals and communities through collective struggle. Although Barack Obama lived afar from this development in time and space, he maintains its legacy both by embracing its goals and transcending them, but has to do so in a political era marked by the revitalization of conservatism.

Keywords: Civil rights; Voting rights; Racial inequality; SNCC; Barack Obama

Chapter.  6665 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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