New York has been site for the organization of various African-American social and political movements. In the 18th and 19th centuries, New York City figured prominently in antislavery abolitionism. As a destination for tens of thousands of migrants from the South and immigrants from the Caribbean in the early twentieth century, between 1915 and 1950 Harlem gave birth to new forms of Black political and cultural expression, producing mass protest politics in the causes of antilynching, housing rights, job opportunity, and educational provision. New York similarly had its place in the mid-twentieth century Civil Rights movement -- while the most visible and well known fronts in the struggle for Civil Rights were in the South (Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta and Albany, Georgia; Geensboro, North Carolina) the campaign for “Civil Rights North” transpired in cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and, of course, New York. And in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, New York has been a center of people of color feminist and queer political organization, African-American public health activism (HIV/AIDS and environmental justice organizations), and policing reform, among others.
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