History of the Civil Rights movement By Cristina Vignone
New York City Civil Rights (1986)
On December 20, 1986 Michael Griffith, a twenty-three year old black man, was struck and killed by a car in Howard Beach, Queens after having been beaten by a group of white men yelling “Niggers, you don’t belong here” in the predominantly white neighborhood. The incident
The New York City Civil Rights Coalition (NYCRC) formed as a result, the combination of more than forty religious and civil rights groups including the NAACP, the NUL, the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund, the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, One Hundred Black Men, the Catholic Interracial Council and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, decrying the murder of Griffith and other race-based violence and demanding prosecution of the men responsible.
Today, the NYCRC continues
Much like the civil rights activists of the movement’s most dynamic period, members of the NYCRC maintain, “that a racially-fractionalized society perpetuates inequalities and imperils the unity of the nation.” As such, they are dedicated to “achieving a truly open and just society, where the individual enjoys the blessings of liberty free of racial prejudice, stigma, caste or discrimination” in New York City in the hope that a truly integrated America will result.
In the report that follows, one of the NYCRC’s founders and its reigning President Michael Myers assesses the civil rights record of New York City’s current mayor Michael Bloomberg and evaluates the steps he has taken to create “racial healing and social cohesion” in the city.
SPECIAL REPORT: “MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CIVIL RIGHTS: AN ASSESSMENT OF THE FIRST YEAR”http://nycivilrights.org/wp-content/themes/civilrights/pdf/Report1.pdf
 Robert D. McFadden, "Black Man Dies After Beating by Whites in Queens: Black Man Dies After Beating by Whites in Queens," New York Times, December 21, 1986. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993), 1.
 Ronald Smothers, "Black Leaders Say Queens Attack Is Evidence of 'Pervasive Problem," New York Times, December 23, 1986. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993), A1.
 Ronald Smothers, "New Rights Coalition: New Coalition Condemns Howard Beach Assaults," New York Times, December 24, 1986. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-2008) with Index (1851-1993), A1.
 “Historic Points,” New York Civil Rights Coalition: The Voice of Sanity About Race & Civil Rights, http://nycivilrights.org/historic-points. Accessed March 23, 2012.
 “About the NYCRC: NYCRC’s Critical Role,” New York Civil Rights Coalition: The Voice of Sanity About Race & Civil Rights, http://nycivilrights.org/about-the-nycrc. Accessed March 23, 2012.