By Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Winner of the 2010 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for the easiest ebook on neighborhood historical past from the Alabama old Association
Early in 1966, African americans in rural Lowndes County, Alabama, aided via activists from the coed Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), tested an all-black, autonomous political social gathering referred to as the Lowndes County Freedom association (LCFO). the gang, whose poll image used to be a snarling black panther, used to be shaped partly to protest the boundaries to black enfranchisement that had for many years saved each African American of balloting age off the county’s registration books. Even after the passage of the vote casting Rights Act, such a lot African americans during this overwhelmingly black county remained too scared even to aim to sign in. Their worry stemmed from the county’s lengthy, bloody heritage of whites retaliating opposed to blacks who strove to exert the liberty granted to them after the Civil War.
Amid this setting of intimidation and disempowerment, African american citizens in Lowndes County seen the LCFO because the most sensible automobile for concrete swap. Their radical scan in democratic politics encouraged black humans through the kingdom, from SNCC organizer Stokely Carmichael who used the Lowndes County application because the blueprint for Black strength, to California-based activists Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton, who followed the LCFO panther because the namesake for his or her new, grassroots association: the Black Panther occasion for Self security. This social gathering and its followed image went directly to turn into the nationwide association of black militancy within the Sixties and Seventies, but long-obscured is the the most important position that Lowndes County“historically a bastion of white supremacy”played in spurring black activists national to struggle for civil and human rights in new and extra radical ways.
Drawing on a powerful array of assets starting from executive files to private interviews with Lowndes County citizens and SNCC activists, Hasan Kwame Jeffries tells, for the 1st time, the awesome complete tale of the Lowndes County freedom fight and its contribution to the bigger civil rights circulation. Bridging the gaping gap within the literature among civil rights organizing and Black strength politics, Bloody Lowndes deals a brand new paradigm for knowing the civil rights movement.
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Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt by Hasan Kwame Jeffries