Importance of Negro History and Independence



Dr. King speaks to society's misunderstanding of Negro thought and the resulting tensions in race relations. He attributes this misunderstanding to the lack of Negro history authentically represented in books. Contrived myths created by "omission and commission in books" have reinforced prejudice and faulty sense of white supremacy. He observes that illusions cloud reality and render hostility. Society's unresolved problems are aggravated by racial misconceptions. With "no real comprehension by whites of currents effecting Negro thought," it will be difficult to find sustainable solutions. Dr. King also provides commentary on several public opinion issues, including claims that the Civil Rights Movement is loosing momentum and criticism around the support for Congressman Adam Clayton Powell.

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