The Public Interest

The moral quandary of the black community

Glenn C. Loury

Spring 1985

THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT now confronts its greatest challenge—to redefine an agenda created during the turbulent 1950s and 1960s, so that it may conform with the socio-political realities of the coming decades. The central theme of this essay is that the redefinition should be centered around an effort to expand the range of activities that directly seek to mitigate the worst conditions of lower class black life.

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