The story of how major global events influenced American race relations in the decades leading up to the civil rights movement; including how the rise of fascism in Germany led many white Americans to feel increasingly uncomfortable with violent white supremacy in the United States; how the segregated army of WWII alienated important non-white military allies and therefore became a national security concern; how white supremacy during the Cold War pushed the emerging nations of Africa and Asia towards alliances with the Soviet Union and thereby became an even greater national security concern; and of how the U.S. government responded to white supremacy becoming a national security concern both through global propaganda efforts and through serious reform. Part of the “Reframing Civil Rights” series.
The story of Rosa Parks as a radical activist and believer in self-defense and Black Power; of the Women’s Political Council that started the boycott and of the many women who came before Mrs. Parks; and of the development of King’s profound vision of nonviolent resistance through the aid of his brilliant new mentor, Bayard Rustin… who as a gay man was forced to stay in the shadows. A story rich in strategy and spirituality that explores the local to global context in which the boycott occurred. Part of the “Reframing Civil Rights” series.