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Title A decisive decade : an insider's view of the Chicago civil rights movement during the 1960s / Robert B. McKersie ; with a foreword by James R. Ralph Jr
Published Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 255 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents The First Unitarian Church of Chicago: my gateway to the civil rights movement and to Alex Poinsett -- Campaigns on the employment front -- The Motorola Campaign and Tim Black -- Campaigns on the education front -- The movement marks time, while the university plays catch-up -- Spring and summer 1965: marches, more marches, and Al Pitcher -- A peaceful march in Kenwood and a not-so-peaceful march led by Dick Gregory -- Looking back on the tumultuous events of 1965 -- The campaign for open housing, summer 1966 -- Jesse Jackson, Operation Breadbasket, and minority enterprise -- The movement and the decade wind down -- Initiatives continue within the university and the unitarian church -- Race relations and the personal equation
Summary The deeply personal story of a historic time in Chicago, Robert B. McKersie's A Decisive Decade follows the unfolding action of the Civil Rights Movement as it played out in the Windy City. McKersie's participation as a white activist for black rights offers a unique, firsthand viewpoint on the debates, boycotts, marches, and negotiations that would forever change the face of race relations in Chicago and the United States at large. Described within are McKersie's intimate observations on events as they developed during his participation in such historic occasions as the impass
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-246) and index
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Subject McKersie, Robert B.
African American civil rights workers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights movements -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 20th century.
Civil rights workers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
Chicago (Ill.) -- Race relations.
Genre/Form Biography.
History.
Autobiographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0809332442 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
0809332450 (electronic bk.)
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9780809332458 (electronic bk.)
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