In many ways Julius Hobson is an anomaly among civil rights activists. He did not come out of the church, the poverty program, labor or politics. He has a reputation for being abrasive, even to those who side with him. He is an avowed Marxist and atheist in Washington, D.C., which he describes as a "Baptist, Methodist town." In the mid-'60s he was kicked out of the Congress of Racial Equality because he did not believe in its nonviolent strategy. He has frequently acted alone, and once admitted to friends that he...

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