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Conscience Of A Black Conservative: The 1964 Election And The Rise Of The National Negro Republican Assembly, Leah M. Wright Jan 2009

Conscience Of A Black Conservative: The 1964 Election And The Rise Of The National Negro Republican Assembly, Leah M. Wright

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This article explores the activities of black Republicans during and after the 1964 Republican National Convention. The social turmoil of the 1960s, along with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Barry Goldwater’s selection as the GOP’s presidential nominee resulted in an unprecedented massive rejection of the Republican Party by 94 percent of the black electorate. This “6 Percent” moment forced black Republicans to rethink their relationship to the GOP. In turn, this redefinition served as a catalyst for the galvanization of liberal and moderate black party members, who then worked to promote a civil rights ...