From the Courtroom to the Street

in Southern Stalemate

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226063898
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226063911 | DOI:
From the Courtroom to the Street

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This chapter investigates the strengths and limitations of legal mobilization strategies to forge social change. It evaluates the gap in the use of directaction techniques by Prince Edward blacks from 1951 to 1963, exploring the obstacles that hindered the launch of a sustained protest campaign in the county. As the Prince Edward case showed, it was even more difficult to use outsider tactics to reopen schools than to desegregate them. The erasure of public education had contracted the ranks of black leadership and potential movement participants and forced black community members to resort to crisis management as they sought to secure education for their children. Protestors in Prince Edward did not have the capacity to pressure the county board of supervisors and school board to reopen schools.

Keywords: legal mobilization; social change; Prince Edward blacks; protest campaign; public education; black leadership

Chapter.  12239 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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