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Title:
In search of democracy : the NAACP writings of James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins (1920-1977)
Author:
Wilson, Sondra K.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 524 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780195116335
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Book

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This collection of writings offers a glimpse into the minds of three N.A.A.C.P. leaders who occupied the center of black thought and action during some of the most troublesome and pivotal times of the civil rights movement. The volume delineates fifty-seven years of the N.A.A.C.P.'s programunder the successive direction of James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins. These writings illustrate the vital roles of these three leaders in building a peoples liberation, underscoring not only their progressive influence throughout their time in power, but also a vision of the futureas race relations enter the 21st Century. Much of the material, notably "The Secretary's Reports to the Board," is published here for the first time, offering an invaluable resource for those seeking a deeper knowledge of the history of race in America


Author Notes

Sondra Kathryn Wilson is the literary executor of James Weldon Johnson & the editor of "The Crisis Reader," "The Opportunity Reader," & "The Messenger Reader." She lives in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

These historical documents provide insight into the accomplishments of the NAACP through the writings of three of its most dynamic activistsÄJames Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins. Wilson (The Selected Writings of James Weldon Johnson, Vols. 1 & 2) guides us meticulously through the written remains of half a decade of struggle against white supremacyÄfrom Johnson's 1920s reports to the NAACP's Board of Directors to Wilkins's 1976 commentary on the FBI harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Much of the primary material is being published here for the first time, offering an overdue reappraisal of Civil Rights history in America. Well organized (and complete with appendixes, notes, and a bibliography), this is worthy reading for both general and scholarly readers.ÄEdward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, Long Beach (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.