Knocking at Our Own Door

Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle for School Integration in New York City

Clarence Taylor

Columbia University Press

Knocking at Our Own Door

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Pub Date: October 1997

ISBN: 9780231109505

260 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $60.00£47.00

Knocking at Our Own Door

Milton A. Galamison and the Struggle for School Integration in New York City

Clarence Taylor

Columbia University Press

What caused one of America's most promising civil rights movements to implode on the eve of change? Knocking at Our Own Door chronicles the life of New York's preeminent but little-studied integrationist, Milton A. Galamison, and his controversial struggle to improve the lives of the city's most underprivileged children. This detailed account brings insight into the complexities of urban politics, race relations, and school reform.
This book enriches our understanding of a key moment in the American civil rights movement--the struggle to desegregate the nation's largest school system. With clarity and detail, Taylor examines the social history and context behind this campaign, as well as the personal background and quest for a just society of one of its central figures, Milton A. Galamison, a major civil rights leader, and a respected champion for racial and economic justice. This thoughtful work is an important addition to the scholarship on civil rights and school integration. It contributes a great deal to the discourse on race and class in America. David N. Dinkins
Clarence Taylor is the most important historian of the most important institution among African-Americans: the church. In this, his latest book, he expertly and deftly tells the fascinating story of Rev. Milton A. Galamison and his struggle to desegregate the public schools of New York City. All interested in religion, education, and urban history must read this indispensible book. Gerald Horne, author of Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s
By turning our attention away from the Southern civil rights movement to the equally intense racial battles in the urban North, Clarence Taylor's moving history of the struggle to desegregate New York City's schools is a much-welcomed addition to the literature. With subtlety and sophistication, he succeeds in painting a complex portrait of Milton A. Galamison without diminishing his courage or ignoring his flaws. Robin D. G. Kelly, author of Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America

About the Author

Clarence Taylor is associate professor of history and African new world studies at Florida International University and author of The Black Churches of Brooklyn.