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After the RebellionBlack Youth, Social Movement Activism, and the Post-Civil Rights Generation$
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Sekou M. Franklin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789384

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789384.001.0001

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Reclaiming Our Youth

Reclaiming Our Youth

Policing and Protesting Juvenile Injustice

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(p.209) 8 Reclaiming Our Youth
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After the Rebellion
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Sekou M. Franklin

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789384.003.0009

This chapter assesses post-civil rights activists in the juvenile justice reform movement (JJRM) from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. It examines how the JJRM's movement infrastructure, along with the regional and local political cultures that shaped the orientation of their key activists, influenced the trajectory of the campaigns. This movement infrastructure created a safe space for marginal youth and youth workers to become engaged in social activism. JJRM campaigns attempted to deinstitutionalize the juvenile justice system and combat disproportionate minority confinement. Unlike the Black Student Leadership Network (BSLN) and the movement initiatives of the 1960s, yet similar to the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980s, JJRM networks were multiracial and multisectoral. The chapter places JJRM within the discussion of youth movement activism and intergenerational politics because the status of marginalized youth in relation to the juvenile justice system alerted social justice and civil rights activists about regressive policies impacting poor communities.

Keywords:   post-civil rights activists, juvenile justice reform movement, marginal youth, youth workers, social activism, juvenile justice system, intergenerational politics

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