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By Aldon D. Morris

A “valuable, eye-opening paintings” (The Boston Globe) concerning the civil rights struggles of the Nineteen Fifties and 1960s.

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs. Rosa Parks, weary after an extended day at paintings, refused to renounce her bus seat to a white man…and ignited the explosion that was once the civil rights stream in the United States. during this robust saga, Morris tells the entire tale in the back of the 10 years that remodeled the USA, tracing the basic function of the black group businesses that was once the genuine energy in the back of the civil rights move. Drawing on interviews with greater than fifty key leaders, unique files, and different relocating firsthand fabric, he brings to lifestyles the folks behind the curtain who led the struggle to finish segregation, supplying a serious new realizing of the dynamics of social change. 

“An vital addition to our wisdom of the recommendations of social swap for all oppressed peoples.” —Reverend Jesse Jackson

“A benchmark study…setting the old list straight.” —The manhattan occasions e-book Review

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Times have changed. We cannot hold the civil rights generation in contempt because its members were not slaves, nor can we hold the post–civil rights generation hostage because its members did not have to eat at segregated lunch counters. We can, however, attempt to understand the generational differences that distinguish the two groups without allowing civil rights to function as the only way to be Black. . 9 INTRODUCTION It is healthy, even necessary, for future generations to reconsider the times of their ancestors.

At the core of this cultural moment is an important lesson about the function of race in the post–civil rights era especially because it informs the way that we define Blackness in this moment. The show begins with a shot of Rock’s dressing room door. As the door opens, the camera slowly pans down to frame the comedian’s feet. His black-and-white “Spectator” shoes stand out. With this focus on the feet, Rock begins his stroll to the stage. ” The images are of classic comedy-album covers featuring a range of comedic talents, styles, and eras, and offering a broad historical backdrop against 31 NO TIME FOR FAKE NIGGAS which to understand Rock’s work.

Her astonishment at receiving such widespread acclaim while being immersed in a culture once deemed insignificant, even by the music industry, is truly a reflection of the arduous road hip hop has traveled since its meager beginnings in the South Bronx some twenty years earlier. The significance of this moment though is not solely confined to the current popularity of a music genre, or its musicians. The music and the larger culture that surrounds it, hip hop, emerged from a uniquely African American disposition, and 14 INTRODUCTION like the blues, jazz, and soul before it, give voice to those who tend to occupy the lowest rungs of the American social ladder.

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