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Louis Lomax Criticizes Civil Rights Leaders as Self-Promoters

Apr. 15, 1962 - A Negro leader in the civil rights movement today assailed other Negro leaders in that movement as “primarily interested in perpetuating themselves.” Louis Lomax, author of “The Negro Revolt” and “The Reluctant African,” urged students not to hitch their wagons to this leadership but to “strike out on your own.” He added that “now is the time for all good men to go to jail.” Mr. Lomax addressed 400 students of New England and Middle Atlantic region colleges in the final session of a three-day conference on civil rights at Sarah Lawrence College.


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