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Let's Renew the Fight

I haven't read this book, though I certainly intend to. This informative review makes important points about the history of the civil rights movement, but I wonder if it misses the point that LeBlanc and Yates are trying to make in this book.

If "LeBlanc and Yates aren’t just looking back at the Freedom Budget as a significant historical development. Their purpose is to propose a revival of the Freedom Budget itself, in what they call a 'New Freedom Budget for All Americans',” perhaps their focus should not be on how the campaign for original Freedom Budget was betrayed and sidetracked, as Miah seems to want.

While I don't for a moment think that Miah's instincts are wrong here -- the movement *was* betrayed by the "protest to politics" path -- if you want to "teach today’s generation how mass civil disobedience won a historic victory," let's inspire them to fix this unfinished business from the Sixties. Give them a reason to connect with the elders; give the best of the elders (who still want to fight) the chance to relate the stories Miah tells here. But let's renew the fight first.

As Miah notes, the rulers want us to think that the civil rights movement came to an end once the Voting Rights Act was signed. Similarly, in their rewriting of history, Martin Luther King didn't have anything to say to people after Selma until the night before he died. We know better. We also know that it is the victory that inspires the bigger fight.

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