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Born along the Color LineThe 1933 Amenia Conference and the Rise of a National Civil Rights Movement$
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Eben Miller

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195174557.001.0001

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In Moran Weston’s Harlem

In Moran Weston’s Harlem

(p.218) 6 In Moran Weston’s Harlem
Born along the Color Line

Eben Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Moran Weston, who turned to the radical left to pursue the goal of creating an interracial movement for social justice emerging out of the respective struggles of American workers and advocates of black civil rights. In the civil rights-oriented National Negro Congress and labor organizations such as the International Workers Order, he found potential vehicles of interracial unity. The founding of the Negro Labor Victory Committee, which fused the two social movements, signaled an encouraging mark of progress. In the political and cultural ferment of wartime Harlem, Weston perceived in the Victory Committee an opportunity to impel the nation to accept economic and civic equality as fundamental freedoms worth fighting for—in Europe, across the Pacific, and in the United States.

Keywords:   NAACP, civil rights movement, African Americans, social justice, radical left, National Negro Congress, labor organizations, equality, interracial movement, Negro Labor Victory Committee

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