The Bogalusa Movement: Self-Defense and Black Power in the Civil Rights Struggle

  title={The Bogalusa Movement: Self-Defense and Black Power in the Civil Rights Struggle},
  author={Rickey Hill},
  journal={The Black Scholar},
  pages={43 - 54}
  • R. Hill
  • Published 1 September 2011
  • History
  • The Black Scholar
THE FIRST recorded attempt by black people in Bogalusa, Louisiana to register to vote occurred in 1950. However, an organized civil rights movement did not begin there until 1965, when the all-black Bogalusa Civic and Voters League (the League) sought to test Bogalusa’s compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. From the beginning, the efforts to organize protests and demonstrations against racial segregation and public exclusion were met with white violence. The first national civil rights… 
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