Introduction: The Intersection of Africanity and World Politics—Considering African and Diasporic Expressive Cultures in Global Politics
This chapter supports the emerging trend of viewing global civil rights movements as connected and interactive during the late twentieth century. Carlson, Arnold, Chetty, McDougall, and their colleagues, who fought segregation in the United States and apartheid in southern Africa, stand as proof that leaders of civil rights movements during the late twentieth century deeply influenced, and were influenced by, each other, a parallel evolution indeed. Four young women would die later that summer in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, an event that illustrated to anti-segregationists the deeply institutionalized hatred that they fought. The Lawyers' Committee organized volunteer teams of researchers to provide quick answers to ANC questions and arranged for prominent international constitutional scholars to advise the party. In 1968 the inquest into the death of James Lenkoe provided an opportunity for the Lawyers' Committee to become more involved in South Africa.