In the early days of the civil rights movement we marched, picketed, prayed, sang, “We shall overcome” and adhered to the policy of non-violence. There were substantial gains made over a period of time but then we began to retrogress. Across the nation the question was being asked what happened because we still have a long way to go. However there were those who began to sing the new song “not going to take it anymore” and were not supporters of non-violence.
These individuals started in the Watts area in California. They swept across the country to cities like Detroit, Cleveland and others. These persons of direct action were shown on international television and their actions portrayed America in such a negative light that the President of United States, Lyndon Johnson initiated a revolutionary program to attack poverty, it was titled The Great Society.