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Community Action History

A History of Community Action

The relative prosperity of the 1950s masked a dramatic increase in poverty among children, people living in rural America, and racial minorities. In the 1960s, the country boiled with urban riots, the Vietnam War, assassinations, civil rights conflict, persistent poverty, and a Baby Boomer generation agitating for peace, justice, and rock and roll.

The tumult spawned President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Out of that arose Community Action Agencies, which remain a major force in childhood education, helping seniors and the homeless, assisting families to buy and fix up homes, and improve their personal finances.