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From Sit-Ins to SNCCThe Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s$
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Iwan Morgan and Philip Davies

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813041513

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813041513.001.0001

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Epilogue: Still Running for Freedom

Epilogue: Still Running for Freedom

Barack Obama and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

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(p.171) Epilogue: Still Running for Freedom
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From Sit-Ins to SNCC
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Steven F. Lawson

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813041513.003.0010

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

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