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Dr. Wright is executive director of the Department of Urban Work of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, and lecturer in urban sociology at New York City Community College; he is also the author of Ready to Riot (p. 325) and Black Power and Urban Unrest; he chaired the National Conference on Black Power in Newark in the summer of 1967. Here he pursues his views of the black position and black and white relations. Nothing the tragedy of a society whose success has always seemed rooted in its adaptability and which now seems to be freezing its social arrangements ""just at the moment when the need for adaptability presses most heavily upon it when pressure for social change has become a global "" he presents the case for black consciousness and self-determination; for power economicallyand politically, for equity rather than equality from the whites, who are to take the back seat as junior partners rather than patrons (as they now are at their best). In a stirring chapter he outlines the gifts the black people bring their nation: those of prophecy and compassion, delineates the ""new reality"" or ""soul"" the gift of being black. If the black cause needs a reasoned voice to support present directions and commitments, this may well perform such a function. It is important reading for black and white together.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Hawthorn