Black Republicans and the Civil Rights Movement


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Centered on the relationship between black Republicans, the G.O.P., and civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s, Josh Farrington of the University of Kentucky contends that black Republicans prior to the 1980s were participants, and in some instances leaders, of the broad civil rights movement of the 1950s-70s. While their methods differed from the direct-action protests of Martin Luther King Jr., their objectives paralleled that of other middle class black civil rights leaders. Working within the apparatus of the Republican Party, these men and women believed that strong civil rights legislation could best be obtained in a two-party system in which both parties were forced to compete for the African American vote. Moreover, while this group was often pushed to the sideline by white Republicans, their continuous and vocal inner-party dissent helped moderate the message and platforms of the Republican Party in the 1950s and 1960s. (Sept. 23, 2019) The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference supports research, teaching, and public dialogue that examine race and intersecting dimensions of human difference including but not limited to class, gender, religion, and sexuality.

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