African American Eras Library by Meggin Condino

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Soul on Ice became one of the most widely read and discussed books on the market in the late 1960s. , who would be assassinated just two months after the book’s publication. Cleaver also wrote that, although the white-dominated government of the United States was corrupt, he saw hope in a new generation of white youth who would defy the racism of their elders. The most controversial—and most dominant—theme in Soul on Ice was Cleaver’s insistence that African American men are obsessed with white women.

Her parents encouraged both her education and activism. In 1956, Edelman enrolled at Spelman College, an Atlanta liberal arts school where Martin Luther King Jr. frequently spoke. While an undergraduate in Atlanta, Edelman participated in multiple sit-ins in protest of racial discrimination. She became a volunteer for her local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She was convinced that poor black families in the South had almost no one to represent them.

Helms was an ultraconservative Republican who had originally won his seat in Congress as a segregationist. Throughout his long career, he had led the opposition to affirmative action and other causes connected to African American civil rights. Helms had opposed such high-profile legislation as the Martin Luther King Day bill in 1983 and the Kennedy-Hatch AIDS bill in 1988. He was criticized as employing racist and homophobic (antihomosexual) rhetoric in his public speeches. In 1990, Helms ran a highly controversial and racially charged campaign for reelection against Harvey Gantt (1943– ).

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