Civil Rights Leader Learned Young: All Politics Is Economic

Andrew Young never formally studied economics. But he learned early in his time as a civil rights leader what a powerful tool for good it could be.

“Young people look back now and think the civil rights movement was about marching, getting beat up and bit by dogs, but the whole civil rights movement was really about the economy,” he said yesterday.

“The economic withdrawal campaign was what really changed the South.”

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NAACP Centennial is Book Subject, Discussion

An atmosphere of hatred prevailed in America when the improbable alliance of black and white people, Christians and Jews, men and women, joined in 1909 to form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the NAACP.

Patricia Sullivan, author of Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, will put the audience into history when she speaks on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

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Bring in da Noise Creator Brings Civil Rights to Next Generation

As playwright, theatre and film director George C. Wolfe tells it, the event which first motivated him toward the arts was the same one that led him to his latest ambitious project, presenting the history of the American civil rights movement.

That moment, which set him on his course toward the arts, the plaudits for his stage and screen work, the Tony awards, and now the new job as chief creative officer for the nascent National Center for Civil and Human Rights, came in 1964 when he was a boy of 10, in the small town of Franklin, Ky.

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