RACES: Flexible Survival

The National Urban League held its annual conference in St. Louis last week. Joe Boyce of TIME's Chicago bureau attended. His report:

Like middle-aged matrons insisting on class reunions in a futile attempt to recapture the promise and excitement of their youth, civil rights organizations whose glory lies in the 1960s still schedule annual conventions, where they adopt resolutions and issue proclamations. The massive white money and support that backed the civil rights successes of the 1960s just is not present any more—owing to a combination of black separatism, white disillusionment and the economic pinch. In his keynote speech, the executive...