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This paper seeks to contribute to the literature by thinking about political mobilisation within black communities as a socio-political phenomenon. It is implied that sociopolitical factors (such as culture, historicalpatterns, political behavior, social structure, and the functioning of community institutions and leaders) influence the black population's ability to mobilise for the creation of an effective community development agenda. More specifically, this paper expands our understanding of the challenges of mobilising black populations for the purposes of capacity building and development in areas where blacks constitute a critical mass (i.e. urban and inner city communities). Among the findings are that, for purposes of building capacity and community development, political mobilisation must be understood for it is situated in very complex and unique social andpolitical contexts. That the internalpolitical dynamics of black politics today poses a greater challenge than the pressures of external forces on mobilising blacks for the purposes such building capacity and community development.

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