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After the RebellionBlack Youth, Social Movement Activism, and the Post-Civil Rights Generation$
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Sekou M. Franklin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789384

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789384.001.0001

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Movement Activism and the Post–Civil Rights Generation

Movement Activism and the Post–Civil Rights Generation

(p.15) 1 Movement Activism and the Post–Civil Rights Generation
After the Rebellion

Sekou M. Franklin

NYU Press

This chapter offers an overview of youth-based activism. It pays attention to four theoretical concerns: the political status of black youth in the post-civil rights era, the significance of movement infrastructures that buttress youth-based activism, the impact of institutional leveraging on transformational movements, and how movement bridge-builders use creative organizing strategies, such as framing, indigenous resources, and positionality, to stimulate youth-based movements and expand the opportunity structure of youth activism. The organizing strategies utilized by youth-based activist groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) pushed them into becoming the “shock troops” of the Civil Rights movement. This analysis, however, discounts the multiple identities among young activists and varied interpretations of what exactly is a youth activist. The chapter explores how, despite being at the vanguard of the Civil Rights movement, young activists, including those in the same organization and from the same racial background, may be equally influenced by competing identities such as gender, region, and class.

Keywords:   youth-based activism, post-civil rights, organizing strategies, framing, indigenous resources, positionality, SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, competing identities, black youth

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