Fresh Faces for an Old Struggle

Black leaders master the art of politics

With the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the struggle for racial equality in America was transformed. The energy that blacks had rammed against the wall of segregation was diverted into an effort to win political power of their own. As millions of blacks began registering and voting, a new group of leaders began to make their way up the electoral ladder, becoming county supervisors, municipal clerks, state legislators and, eventually, mayors. Blacks run three of the nation's six largest cities—Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit—and...

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