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Black American Perspectives [United States]: The Future of Civil Rights, November 11-25, 1991 (ICPSR 4028)

Principal Investigator(s): The Detroit News


This study sought to gather Black Americans' perspectives on the effectiveness of Civil Rights Organizations (CROs) and to better understand their views on the future of civil rights in the United States. Respondents were asked a series of questions regarding (1) their attachments to CROs, (2) the effectiveness of CROs and related institutions, (3) future programs of CROs, (4) political and racially based attitudes and beliefs, and (5) social, economic, and demographic measures. The CROs inquired about were the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), The Urban League, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). Background information on respondents includes age, highest level of education, and income.

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Study Description


The Detroit News. BLACK AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES [UNITED STATES]: THE FUTURE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, NOVEMBER 11-25, 1991. ICPSR04028-v1. Rochester, NY: Gordon S. Black Corp. [producer], 1991. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, civil rights, Civil Rights Act (1964-USA), community leaders, community organizations, Congress on Racial Equality, NAACP, National Urban League, racial attitudes

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1991-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 1991-11-11--1991-11-25

Unit of Observation:    individuals

Universe:    Black Americans at least 18 years of age residing in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Data were collected from two national random samples. The first sample consisted of a random selection of listed and unlisted residential telephone numbers. A total of 400 respondents was obtained from this source. The second sample consisted of a random selection of listed household telephone numbers from census tracts in which there was at least a 30 percent incidence of Blacks. A total of 811 respondents was obtained from this source. Two weights were applied to the samples to make them comparable to the population of adult Blacks nationwide. First, the second sample was weighted according to the distribution of the geographic location of the first sample. Second, both samples were weighted according to the age distribution of Blacks as reported in the 1990 estimates from the Bureau of the Census.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-10-01

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.



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