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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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(p.253) Conclusion
After the Rebellion

Sekou M. Franklin

NYU Press

This concluding chapter discusses the tribulations and triumphs of social movement activism among the post-civil rights generation. It argues that constraints on movement activism will remain as long as progressives and blacks have access to institutional channels to exercise political influence. While this may curtail transformational movement initiatives, youth-based groups must routinely adjust and reconfigure ways to create opportunities for black youth to participate. The chapter identifies four challenges which must be addressed in order to revitalize youth activism: (1) the mobilization of resources that can sustain long-term grassroots campaign; (2) the privileging by some grassroots activists and advocates of institutional leveraging practices over high-risk strategies; (3) the dexterity of movement bridge-builders and indigenous activists and their ability to take advantage of favorable political contexts; and (4) the advancement of creative organizing strategies and tactics that can mobilize marginalized, noncollege black youth and young adults living in poor communities.

Keywords:   social movement activism, post-civil rights generation, black youth, youth activism, institutional leveraging, marginalized, poor communities, institutional channels, political channels

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