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Excellent post Phil.Keep it up!
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Thanks Michael. You're right that foundations like those helped out, and I'm sure their support, small as it was, was appreciated, but I wouldn't want to overestimate their contribution overall. As is clear from histories of the period the Civil Rights movement was overwhelmingly financed from within, including large contributions from individuals like Harry Belafonte who mobilized resources quickly when they were really needed. Whether more foundation funding would have made a difference is an interesting question; how foundations can support social movements today an even better one. In that respect I think the points you make about small, unrestricted grants to individuals and training/organizing centers and "not being heavy-handed" are very important. Unfortunately I don't see many foundations following that advice. Thanks again for commenting.
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