A Bond Forged in Struggle: The American Civil Liberties Union's Historic Alliance with African-Americans in the Quest for Racial Justice
Report: A Bond Forged in Struggle
On the launch of his groundbreaking 1903 treatise The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois famously remarked that "the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line." There is no doubt that his words rang true then; yet at the dawn of the twenty-first century, the persistence of that line became undeniably apparent in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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The ACLU's ground-breaking report, A Bond Forged in Struggle: The American Civil Liberties Union’s Historic Alliance with African-Americans in the Quest for Racial Justice, recounts an ongoing history of efforts seeking racial equality in America. The ACLU’s decades-long racial justice docket has included victories in many important areas, from discrimination in housing, education and access to public services, to racial profiling and prisoners’ rights. Significant progress has been made, to be sure. But after Katrina’s rains subsided, no one could deny that there was still much left to be done.