Refusing Racism: White Allies and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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Teachers College Press, 2002 - Education - 177 pages
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Why and how have whites joined people of colour to fight against white supremacy in the United States? What have they risked and what have they gained? For anyone who has wondered about the character, motivations, and contributions of white civil rights activists, Refusing Racism offers rich portraits of four contemporary white American activists who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for civil rights. Drawing heavily on interviews and memoirs, this volume offers honest accounts of their thoughts and experiences and shows how their commitments are central to our ongoing history.

Meet the White Allies: Virginia Foster Durr, J. Waties Waring, Anne McCarty Braden, and Herbert R. Kohl.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Racism and Resistance A Capsule Sketch
9
An Imperfect Lady Virginia Foster Durr
23
Reborn on the Bench J Waties Waring
51
The Other America Anne McCarty Braden
78
Teaching for Hope Herbert R Kohl
110
Reflections
140
More White Allies
149
References
159
Index
165
About the Author
177
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Cynthia Stokes Brown is professor of education and history at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. She holds a doctorate in the history of education from Johns Hopkins University. She has also written Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement, which won an American Book Award in 1987, and Like It Was: A Complete Guide to Writing Oral History.

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