Monday, January 16, 2006

A recent history of Civil Rights

From Newsweek's recent feature on Dr. King:

"The 40 years since have been a time in the desert for the movement, bereft of strong leadership and the clarity of the fight against Jim Crow segregation. As the country saw in Katrina's wake, Washington long ago moved on from a serious engagement with the problems of poverty. 'There has been a hurricane of neglect for the poor in this country for decades,' says Richard Townsell, executive director of the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation. Meanwhile, the consequences of family disintegration, which King well understood, have been, if anything, more severe than Daniel Patrick Moynihan and others in the 1960s predicted."
(Note the quote from CCDA's Richard Townsell.)


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