By Hasan Kwame Jeffries
Winner of the 2010 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for the easiest ebook on neighborhood historical past from the Alabama ancient Association
Early in 1966, African americans in rural Lowndes County, Alabama, aided by way of activists from the scholar Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), confirmed an all-black, autonomous political social gathering referred to as the Lowndes County Freedom association (LCFO). the crowd, whose poll image used to be a snarling black panther, was once shaped partly to protest the obstacles 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 balloting Rights Act, such a lot African americans during this overwhelmingly black county remained too scared even to attempt to sign up. 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 atmosphere of intimidation and disempowerment, African americans in Lowndes County considered the LCFO because the top automobile for concrete switch. Their radical scan in democratic politics encouraged black humans during the state, from SNCC organizer Stokely Carmichael who used the Lowndes County software 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 social gathering for Self protection. This celebration and its followed image went directly to turn into the nationwide association of black militancy within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, but long-obscured is the an important function 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 magnificent array of assets starting from executive records to non-public interviews with Lowndes County citizens and SNCC activists, Hasan Kwame Jeffries tells, for the 1st time, the striking complete tale of the Lowndes County freedom fight and its contribution to the bigger civil rights stream. Bridging the gaping gap within the literature among civil rights organizing and Black energy politics, Bloody Lowndes deals a brand new paradigm for realizing the civil rights movement.
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