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Raymond Pace Alexander:Black Economic Power and the Civil Rights Struggle in Philadelphia

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Raymond Pace Alexander was a prominent civil rights attorney in Philadelphia. He received his law degree from Harvard University in 1923 and was part of the New Negro lawyer generation. He build a successful law firm with four Ivy League trained lawyers. His law firm represented black economic empowerment and Alexander encouraged black professionals to support black lawyers. In addition to providing Alexander an economic base, he used his firm to fight for civil rights in Philadelphia. From 1923 to 1958, Alexander was in the forefront of the civil rights struggle in Philadephia. Using the courts, the ballot, and inter-racial coalitions, he decreased racism and segregation in Philadelphia. Alexander is not as known as Thurgood Marshall becuase he spent his entire career in Philadelphia and when northern cities appear in civil rights literature it is during the Black Power Era of the sixites. I argue that Alexander laid the foundation for younger activists in Philadelphia to challenge institutional racism.
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Canton, David. "Raymond Pace Alexander:Black Economic Power and the Civil Rights Struggle in Philadelphia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435969_index.html>

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Canton, D. , 2010-09-29 "Raymond Pace Alexander:Black Economic Power and the Civil Rights Struggle in Philadelphia" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p435969_index.html

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Abstract: Raymond Pace Alexander was a prominent civil rights attorney in Philadelphia. He received his law degree from Harvard University in 1923 and was part of the New Negro lawyer generation. He build a successful law firm with four Ivy League trained lawyers. His law firm represented black economic empowerment and Alexander encouraged black professionals to support black lawyers. In addition to providing Alexander an economic base, he used his firm to fight for civil rights in Philadelphia. From 1923 to 1958, Alexander was in the forefront of the civil rights struggle in Philadephia. Using the courts, the ballot, and inter-racial coalitions, he decreased racism and segregation in Philadelphia. Alexander is not as known as Thurgood Marshall becuase he spent his entire career in Philadelphia and when northern cities appear in civil rights literature it is during the Black Power Era of the sixites. I argue that Alexander laid the foundation for younger activists in Philadelphia to challenge institutional racism.


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