Against the Grain

Organizing Across Race

How many stories feature the Black Panthers, the Daley machine, the Young Lords, the original (pre-Jesse Jackson) Rainbow Coalition, and Chicago’s first black mayor (Harold Washington)? Jakobi Williams’s story does; he discusses how cross-racial coalition-building revolutionized Chicago’s politics and how it can and should inspire social justice organizing today.

Jakobi Williams, From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago UNC Press, 2015

Brian Behnken, ed., Civil Rights and Beyond: African American and Latino/a Activism in the Twentieth-Century United States University of Georgia Press, 2016

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