Unfinished Agenda: Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power

Unfinished Agenda offers an inside look at the Black Power Movement that emerged during the Civil Rights Movement of the sixties. A political memoir that teaches grass-roots politics and inspires organizing for real change in the Age of Obama, this book will appeal to readers of black history, Occupy Wall Street organizers, and armchair political advocates.

Based on notes, interviews, and articles from the 1950s to present day, Junius Williams’s inspiring memoir describes his journey from young black boy facing prejudice in the 1950s segregated South to his climb to community and political power as a black lawyer in the 1970s and 80s in Newark, New Jersey. Accompanied by twenty-two compelling photographs highlighting key life events, Unfinished Agenda chronicles the turbulent times during the Civil Rights Movement and Williams’s participation every step of the way including his experiences on the front lines of racial riots in Newark and the historic riot in Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Williams speaks of his many opportunities and experiences–beginning with his education at Amherst College and Yale Law School, his travel to Uganda and Kenya, and working in Harlem. His passion for fighting racism ultimately led him to many years of service in politics in Newark, New Jersey as a community organizer and leader. Williams advocates for renewed community organizing and voting for a progressive party to carry out the “Unfinished Agenda” the Black Power Movement outlined in America during the 60s and early 70s for empowerment of the people.

About The Author

Listed among Ebony‘s “100 Most Influential Blacks in America,” JUNIUS W. WILLIAMS is a prominent attorney, educator, and advocate who is responsible for developing 2,000 housing units and many community centers in Newark, New Jersey. A graduate of Amherst and Yale, he was elected the youngest President of the National Bar Association in 1978, ran for mayor of Newark in 1982, and is currently Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at Rutgers University.
Foreword writer Tom Hayden was a leader of the student, civil rights, peace and environmental movements of the 1960s, and went on to serve 18 years in the California legislature. In addition to being a member of the editorial board and a columnist for The Nation magazine, Hayden is regularly published in the New York Times, Harvard International Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other weekly alternatives. As Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, California, he organizes, travels and speaks constantly against the current wars.

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