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Author Kofie, Nelson F.

Title Race, class, and the struggle for neighborhood in Washington, D.C. / Nelson F. Kofie.

Published New York : Garland, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.896073075 KOFI    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 239 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in African American history and culture.
Studies in African American history and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-233) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. African Americans and Urban Neighborhood Communities -- Ch. 2. Racial Segregation and Rise of Sun-Hope Neighborhood Community -- Ch. 3. Social Class Segregation and Fall of the Sun-Hope Community -- Ch. 4. The Making of an Open-Air Drug Market -- Ch. 5. Policing a Neighborhood-Community Open-Air Drug Market, 1987-1988 -- Ch. 6. The Fruit of Islam (FOI) -- Ch. 7. Grassroots Restructuring and Tenant Empowerment -- Ch. 8. Empowerment through the Livelihood Job Training Program (LJTP) -- Ch. 9. Conclusion.
Summary This case study examines how low-income residents, community leaders, the Nation of Islam, and the police joined forces to close down an open air drug market. The research shows how a previously stable black community became severely destabilized and documents the efforts of community members to mobilize their neighbors around home ownership, tenant empowerment and jobs.
Adopting a holistic perspective, the author examines tensions between opportunities and constraints dictating the aspirations of individuals, the historical factors influencing the course of events in their community, and the agenda of various government and private agencies. This three-year ethnographic study observed the community's rejuvenation and the drastic reduction in drug-related crimes, antagonism between the police and the Nation of Islam, and the demise of the HUD funded tenants' home ownership initiative.
Subject African Americans -- Washington (D.C.) -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Community development -- Washington (D.C.) -- Case studies.
Poor -- Political activity -- Washington (D.C.) -- Case studies.
Social change -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 20th century -- Case studies.
Apartment houses, Cooperative -- Washington (D.C.) -- Case studies.
Washington (D.C.) -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Washington (D.C.) -- Race relations -- Case studies.
ISBN 0815331142 (alk. paper)