A blueprint of progress- with indications of failures as well as successes -- this was a record that needed to be made, at...

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HOW FAR THE PROMISED LAND?

A blueprint of progress- with indications of failures as well as successes -- this was a record that needed to be made, at this particular moment. With the Supreme Court decision on the books in 1954, the implementation indicated, the future seems assured, and progress should be faster than in the last fifteen years. Walter White, executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, made the cause of the American Negro his life work. This is his testament of steps forward, the set-backs. He discusses the failures of the ""separate but equal"" theories, still urged by some, the threat to national unity made by men like Byrnes and Talmadge, the support belatedly given to the cause of de-segregation by the church. He challenges the American citizen to ""view with alarm"" the use made in Communist propaganda of the Negro problem, the loss in Asia of American prestige, the misinformation the world over. This book is intended for people outside America, as well as for those who do not fully realize the inertia at home to the Negro right to vote, to up-hold civil rights, to work on equal footing, to live without segregation, to travel freely in unrestricted carriers, to attend movies, theatres, churches freely, to not be caricatured in the press and on the radio, to belong to unions, and so on and so on. But the major space is still given to the right to education at every level- a right basic to all the others, to progress, economically and politically, to improved standards of health and living. The chapters abound in illustrations from actual case histories, and the whole is a sobering document for those who feel that the ""promised land"" has been won.

Pub Date: Oct. 31, 1955

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Publisher: Viking

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1955