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During the Civil Rights Era, between the 1940s to the 1960s, one of the most significant aims of the less radical and militant groups within the Black Community was to integrate our people into the social order of the white dominated institutions.
Organizations like: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and their leaders, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall and Roy Wilkins fought to end segregation in a whites-only society and promote a system based on equality and justice... rightfully or wrongfully, they felt that integration was the path by which this goal could be achieved.
Marches, Protests, Sit-ins and Boycotts were all used to attain this lofty aim.
The question that we will address this evening is, "Was Integration a Blessing or a Curse?
Also, we will hear a very chilling and disturbing story that happened to our guest, Dr. Carmen Johnson of Maryland