The civil rights movement is a topic that continues to inspire a tremendous amount of scholarly research. One topic that remains relatively unexplored, though, is the post-1960s struggle for black equality. Traditional narratives typically use the 1968 assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as their symbolic conclusion. Yet the fight against racial injustice continued beyond King's death, and the next decade brought new issues for civil rights activists. One of the most fascinating concerns the role traditional organizations, particularIy the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), played in local campaigns for black equality. Differences between the goals and tactics each used during campaigns of the 1960s have been well documented. However, the effect those differences had on grassroots campaigns beyond that tumultuous decade is a narrative largely untold. One struggle that illuminates the organizational conflict took place in northwest Florida during the mid-1970s.
Butler, J. Michael
"More Negotiation and Less Demonstrations: The NAACP, SCLC, and Racial Conflict in Pensacola, 1970-1978,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 86:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol86/iss1/6