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Bridging the gap : continuing the Florida NAACP legacy of Harry T. Moore, 1952-1966
Saunders, Robert W. (Robert William), 1921-
First edition.
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Tampa, Fla. : University of Tampa Press, [2000]

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xii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Saunders, a key leader of Florida's key civil rights movement, offers an insider's account of the state's development in that arena. He provides personal and professional insights into the momentous struggles that took place such as the desegregation of Florida's public schools and universities, marches and sit-ins, the Tallahassee bus boycott and the St. Augustine demonstrations, the dismantling of Jim Crow attitudes, and intimidation by the Ku Klux Klan and White Citizens Councils. Illustrated with hundreds of b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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After Florida's first NAACP field secretary, Harry Moore, was killed in a Ku Klux Klan bombing in 1952, Robert W. Saunders, Sr. guided the state's civil rights efforts for the next 14 years. In this role Saunders was one of the important local-level African American civil rights leaders, a key player in a key state during a critical time. He was a leader during the tense desegregation of Florida's public schools, the marches and sit-ins, the integration of public facilities and housing, the Tallahassee bus boycott, the St. Augustine demonstrations where Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested, and the savage backlash from the Klan and White Citizens Councils. Saunders's brief autobiography emphasizing this period is a valuable document for students of the American Civil Rights Movement. Saunders worked with national leaders Roy Wilkins, Thurgood Marshall, and Medgar Evers, as well as with the NAACP's rank and file members, making himself a bridge between the leaders and the led. His personal account, accompanied by appendixes, notes, and about 165 photographs, is a valuable resource for advanced students and scholars of the nation's civil rights struggles. Recommended for all university collections and public libraries with an emphasis on African American history and civil liberties. R. Detweiler; California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part 1 The NAACP in Florida, 1915-1966p. 1
1. The Early Yearsp. 3
2. My Life to 1940p. 27
3. The Road to Walter White's Officep. 49
4. Florida, the NAACP, and Me, 1952-1966p. 65
Part 2 A Time Line for Bridging the Gapp. 93
Part 3 Key People and Important Eventsp. 109
5. Harry T. Moore: Profile of a Martyr for Civil Rightsp. 111
6. The Tampa Storyp. 123
7. LeRoy Collins: A Moderate Governor in the Deep Southp. 147
8. The Johns Committee: The NAACP Under Legislative Attackp. 159
9. The Siege of Tallahasseep. 173
10. Jacksonville: The Model Branchp. 185
11. The NAACP at Home: Local Organizations and Activitiesp. 195
12. The Challenge at St. Augustinep. 227
13. Ruby Hurley, Youth, and the NAACPp. 243
Afterwordp. 253
Appendices, Notes, Bibliography, and Indexp. 255
Appendix Onep. 257
Appendix Twop. 265
Notesp. 272
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 287