Servants Of The People / Edition 1

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Beginning with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, this book traces the lives of six American civil rights leaders as they willingly risk their lives for the civil rights cause: A. Philip Randolph, Frederick D. Patterson, Thurgood Marshall, Whitney M. Young, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Fannie Lou Hamer.

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Editorial Reviews

Profiles six civil rights leaders and draws lessons for African American leaders a generation later. They are presented as the forerunners A. Philip Randolph and Frederick D. Patterson, the negotiators Thurgood Marshall and Whitney M. Young, and the provocateurs Adam Clayton Powell and Fannie Lou Hamer. Includes a chronology and a supplement for teachers and future leaders. The vocabulary and sentence complexity are suitable for undergraduates and older. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Praise for the first edition:

"An informative and illuminating study of African-American leaders in the Sixties . . . A fascinating journey through the lives of those who gave the Civil Rights movement its foundation." --Library Journal

"A helpful supplement where leadership issues are being debated." --Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312163723
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Lea E. Williams is an independent scholar living in Greensboro, North Carolina who lectures on African American leadership during the civil rights movement. She is the former executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Bennett College and the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute, Inc. Awards and honors include the Woman of Achievement Award in Education of the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women and the Hilda A. Davis Award for Educational Leadership of the National Association for Women in Education. Currently she is a senior administrator at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Dynamic Times Call for Dynamic Leaders 1
Ch. 2 Leadership Defined 23
Ch. 3 A. Philip Randolph, Dean of Black Civil Rights Leaders 31
Ch. 4 Frederick D. Patterson, Leading by Precept and Example 55
Ch. 5 Thurgood Marshall, A Drum Major for Justice 79
Ch. 6 Whitney M. Young, Jr. and Vanguard Leadership 99
Ch. 7 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Uses and Abuses of Charismatic Power 123
Ch. 8 Fannie Lou Hamer, The Voice of a Servant-Leader 141
Ch. 9 Whence and Wherefore 163
Ch. 10 Claiming the Legacy: Leadership for the Twenty-First Century 175
Lessons for Leaders 191
Chronology 199
Notes 205
Bibliography 233
Index 249
Biography 253
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