The Economic Civil Rights Movement

African Americans and the Struggle for Economic Power
Ezra, Michael
Date published: 
March 2013

The unfinished business of the civil rights movement primarily is economic. Economic inequalities have been perhaps the most enduring problem facing African Americans since the civil rights movement. Although the movement dealt successfully with injustices like disenfranchisement and segregated public accommodations, economic disparities remain sharp. The Economic Civil Rights Movement is a collection of thirteen original essays that analyze the significance of economic power to the black freedom struggle by exploring how African Americans fought for increased economic autonomy in an attempt to improve the quality of their lives. This book turns backward toward history to examine the ways African Americans have engaged this continuing challenge.