After the Rebellion

Black Youth, Social Movement Activism, and the Post-Civil Rights Generation

Sekou M. Franklin

NYU Press (publisher)

What
happened to black youth in the post-civil rights generation? What kind of
causes did they rally around and were they even rallying in the first place? After the Rebellion takes a close look
at a variety of key civil rights groups across the country over the last 40
years to provide a broad view of black youth and social movement activism.  Based on both research from a diverse
collection of archives and interviews with youth activists, advocates, and
grassroots organizers, this book examines popular mobilization among the
generation of activists – principally black students, youth, and young adults –
who came of age after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting
Rights Act of 1965. Franklin argues that the political environment in the post-Civil
Rights era, along with constraints on social activism, made it particularly
difficult for young black activists to start and sustain popular mobilization
campaigns.

Building on case
studies from around the country—including New York, the Carolinas, California,
Louisiana, and Baltimore—After the
Rebellion explores the inner workings and end results of activist groups
such as the Southern Negro Youth Congress, Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee, the Student Organization for Black Unity, the Free South Africa
Campaign, the New Haven Youth Movement, the Black Student Leadership Network,
the Juvenile Justice Reform Movement, and the AFL-CIO’s Union Summer campaign.  Franklin demonstrates how youth-based
movements and intergenerational campaigns have attempted to circumvent modern
constraints, providing insight into how the very inner workings of these
organizations have and have not been effective in creating change and involving
youth. A powerful work of both historical and political analysis, After the Rebellion provides a vivid
explanation of what happened to the militant impulse of young people since the
demobilization of the civil rights and black power movements – a discussion
with great implications for the study of generational politics, racial and
black politics, and social movements.

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