Early US Direct Action Protest
My newest book will be on real and virtual book store shelves on January 19, 2017. It's entitled Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution. Until then, I'll be delivering up appetizers from the book. In 1927, Chicago’s Urban League chapter launched an unsuccessful campaign against the A&P grocery store company which was refusing to hire African American clerks and managers. Two years later, the black-owned newspaper The Chicago Whip launched a “Don’t Spend Your Money Where You Can’t Work” boycott that mobilized black South Side residents in the city’s Bronzeville section. As a result, the slogan and direct action strategy gained popularity in black neighborhoods in urban centers across the country.