Servants Of The People: The 1960s Legacy of African American Leadership

Paperback | December 15, 2008

byLea E. Williams

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The repressive climate of racial hatred in America that spawned the 1960s civil rights movement also galvanized a generation of bold, persuasive, driven leaders who embodied the qualities of servant leadership. In a time of conflict, turmoil, and tragedy, these passionate and committed African Americans emerged to lead a generation from the cruelties of segregation to the revolution of civil rights reform. Beginning with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, Servants of the People follows the lives of eight leaders--figures such as A. Philip Randolph, Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, and Ella Baker--who willingly risked their lives for their cause. This revised edition also reflects on the dramatic changes in the African American political landscape since its initial publication, and expands its scope to include more of the women whose efforts were crucial to the success of the civil rights movement.

  

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The repressive climate of racial hatred in America that spawned the 1960s civil rights movement also galvanized a generation of bold, persuasive, driven leaders who embodied the qualities of servant leadership. In a time of conflict, turmoil, and tragedy, these passionate and committed African Americans emerged to lead a generation fro...

www.leaewilliams.com   Lea E. Williams is an independent scholar living in Greensboro, North Carolina who lectures on African American leadership during the civil rights movement. She is the former executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Bennett College and the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.96 × 5.99 × 0.8 inPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230606334

ISBN - 13:9780230606333

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Introduction to the Revised Edition:  Reflections a Decade Later * Dynamic Times Call for Dynamic Leaders * Leadership Defined * PART I: THE FORERUNNERS: SECURING SAFE PASSAGE * A. Philip Randolph: Dean of Black Civil Rights Leaders * Frederick D. Patterson: Leading by Precept and Example * PART II: THE NEGOTIATORS: BUILDING CONSENSUS * Thurgood Marshall: A Drum Major for Justice * Whitney M. Young Jr. and Vanguard Leadership * PART III: THE PROVOCATUERS: CATCHING FIRE * Adam Clayton Powell Jr.:  The Uses and Abuses of Charismatic Power * Fannie Lou Hamer: The Voice of a Servant-Leader * PART IV: WOMEN IN THE MOVEMENT * Making a Life, Not Making a Living:  The Servant Leadership of Ella Baker * Teacher, Advocate, Trailblazer: The Living Legacy of Septima Poinsette Clark *PART V: CONCLUSIONS * Whence and Wherefore * Claiming the Legacy: Leadership for the Twenty-first Century * PART VI: SUPPLEMENT FOR TEACHERS AND FUTURE LEADERS

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Praise for the first edition:

 "An informative and illuminating study of African-American leaders in the Sixties . . . A fascinating journey through the lives of those who gave the Civil Rights movement its foundation." --Library Journal

 "A helpful supplement where leadership issues are being debated." --Booklist