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Just What Is Community Organizing Anyway?

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Just What Is Community Organizing Anyway?

Election 2008

Just What Is Community Organizing Anyway?

Just What Is Community Organizing Anyway?

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Community organizing has been a hot topic in the presidential campaign.

For some in politics, it's a derogatory term: Sen. Barack Obama's background as a community organizer has been attacked by the GOP.

But what exactly is it, and how does it fit into African-American history?

For more, Farai Chideya talks with Dr. Franklin Gilliam Jr., dean of University of California Los Angeles' School of Public Affairs.

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