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London is the Place for MeBlack Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race$
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Kennetta Hammond Perry

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190240202

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240202.001.0001

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The Limits of Campaigning Against Racial Discrimination

The Limits of Campaigning Against Racial Discrimination

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(p.187) 6 The Limits of Campaigning Against Racial Discrimination
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London is the Place for Me
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Kennetta Hammond Perry

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190240202.003.0007

It was not until the passage of the Race Relations Act of 1965 that Parliament enacted a national policy explicitly addressing racial discrimination. This chapter examines the role that an interracial coalition of activists and organizations known as the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD) played in shaping the early trajectory of Race Relations policy in Britain. In addition to exploring some of the lobbying efforts of CARD activists, this chapter also examines some of the internal struggles plaguing the organization’s ability to build a movement that would effectively represent the interests of the masses of Black Britons. Against the backdrop of international calls for anti-discrimination policy and amidst the rise of a transnational Black Power movement, CARD found openings to push for policy reforms just as it struggled to authenticate its voice among the constituencies that it hoped to represent politically.

Keywords:   Race Relations Acts, CARD, Marion Glean, David Pitt, Black Power, anti-discrimination, Smethwick, 1964 General Election, civil rights

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