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Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Darius J. Young


This book examines the life and career of Robert R. Church Jr., who grew up the son of the first black millionaire in Memphis, Tennessee, and would eventually surpass his father’s notoriety as the most influential black Republican of his era. In particular this book uses Church’s life as a lens into the political activity of African Americans during the first half of the twentieth century. It focuses on the strategies that Church, as a member of the black elite, used to organize and empower black people through the vote. Church believed that voting served as the most pragmatic approach for Afr ... More

Keywords: African American political agency, Black Republicans, Memphis, Tennessee, Black Voters, Lincoln League of America, Black Elite

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056272
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056272.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Darius J. Young, author
Florida A&M University

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