New Directions for the Negro Struggle
Shift to Broad Economic and Social Reforms
When president johnson signs the voting rights bill, now in the final stages of passage through Congress, the American Negro will have won virtually all of the battles he needed to win to gain legal backing for his claim to the rights and opportunities that are his due as a citizen of the United States. The next thrust of the equal rights movement is to make the new standard of law the common standard of conduct in American life, and to do so with a minimum of delay. This phase presents more difficulties than the one it follows.
What had seemed an invincible legal structure supporting racial discrimination in almost every area of human ...