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Samuel D. Proctor

The young Negro in America, 1960-1980

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THIS BOOK DISCUSSES THE YOUNG NEGRO'S DRIVE TOWARD FULL SOCIAL FREEDOM AND CONJECTURES ABOUT WHAT ITS IMPLICATIONS WILL BE BY 1980 WHEN THE YOUTH OF THE 1960'S WILL BE THE LEADERS IN SOCIETY. THE MATERIAL IS PRESENTED UNDER THE FOLLOWING RUBRICS--THE EMERGENCE OF THE YOUNG NEGRO, RESPONSES TO THE FREEDOM THRUST, REVERSING THE SPIRAL TOWARD FUTILITY, OVERCOMING THE DEFICITS IN EDUCATION, BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY, AND OUTLIVING THE STEREOTYPE. IT IS POINTED OUT THAT FOLLOWING THE 1954 SUPREME COURT SCHOOL DESEGREGATION DECISION COLLEGE AGE YOUTH BECAME IMPATIENT WITH THE "GO SLOW" ATTITUDES OF THE OLDER NEGRO LEADERSHIP OF THEIR PARENTS' GENERATION. AS A RESULT, THE TEMPO OF THE THRUST FOR EQUAL RIGHTS INCREASED, STARTING WITH A NONVIOLENT APPROACH WHICH BY 1964 WAS SUPERSEDED BY URBAN RIOTS AND CONFLICT. IN ESSENCE, IT IS FELT THAT IF THE YOUNG NEGRO CONTINUES FIGHTING FOR FULL INTEGRATION RATHER THAN VEERING TOWARD SEPARATISM, THE GAINS 20 YEARS HENCE WILL BE ENORMOUS