I have looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I would want you to know that we as a people will get to the promised land.
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968
The success of the NAACP in influencing the Supreme Court in reaching a favorable decision in 1954 in the Brown cases planted new hope for a new life among African Americans. The decision boosted their determination to continue their journey to the promised land. But frustration and impatience increased as southern white Americans showed clearly that they were not prepared to recognize the rights of African Americans as citizens of the United States on an equal basis. African Americans began to wonder if the U.S. government was in a position to do something to help them in their struggle. Because they would not abandon the direction and developments of their struggle, they had to play a role in shaping them in order to make progress on their journey. As they saw resistance of white Americans to that progress, they utilized the attitudes of the federal government to work for complete integration in all aspects of national life.
Educational and economic change did not come easily or as rapidly as the Supreme Court had hoped for. Residential and school segregation increased all over the nation. Movements within the African American
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Publication information: Book title: The Journey to the Promised Land:The African American Struggle for Development since the Civil War. Contributors: Dione Brooks Taylor - Author, Dickson A. Mungazi - Author. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 105.
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