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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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From Civil Rights to Anti-Apartheid

From Civil Rights to Anti-Apartheid

(p.71) 3 From Civil Rights to Anti-Apartheid
After the Rebellion

Sekou M. Franklin

NYU Press

This chapter covers the activities of three youth-based activist movements: the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Student Organization for Black Unity (SOBU), and the Free South Africa Movement (FSAM). It examines their experiment with creative organizing strategies in three parts. The first part focuses on the SNCC's organizing efforts after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its efforts to implement new strategies aimed at helping the organization adjust to a different political context in the second half of the 1960s. The second part turns to the SOBU who used framing and appropriation to marry African American students to black working-class politics and Pan-African movements. The last part deals with the FSAM and how the anti-apartheid campaign heightened the political consciousness of the youth about racial justice and transnational politics.

Keywords:   Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Student Organization for Black Unity, Free South Africa Movement, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Student Organization for Black Unity, black working-class politics, Pan-African movements, anti-apartheid, Free South Africa Movement

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