Hancock, Gordon Blaine, 1884-1970


"Many African American intellectuals, led by Virginia Union University sociologist Gordon Hancock, believed that racial injustice was the most pressing issue facing the South in the era after World War II (1941-45) and must directly be addressed. He argued that the top priority of southern reformers must be the abolition of legally enforced segregation. Hancock organized a conference of African American educators in Durham, North Carolina, in 1943 to discuss postwar race relations. The Durham Conference adopted a resolution calling for an end to legally enforced segregation. The Richmond and Atlanta conferences followed, and the SRC was born early the following year in 1944." --"Southern Regional Council," New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 18, 2008: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org.

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