The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era

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The Black Power Movement remains an enigma. Often misunderstood and ill-defined, this radical movement is now beginning to receive sustained and serious scholarly attention.

Peniel Joseph has collected the freshest and most impressive list of contributors around to write original essays on the Black Power Movement. Taken together they provide a critical and much needed historical overview of the Black Power era. Offering important examples of undocumented histories of black liberation, this volume offers both powerful and poignant examples of 'Black Power Studies'scholarship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415945950
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/24/2006
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Peniel E. Joseph

Peniel E. Joseph is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at SUNY-Stony Brook. He is the author of Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Toward a Historiography of the Black Power Movement Peniel E. Joseph 1. 'Alabama on Avalon': Rethinking the Watts Uprising and the Character of Black Protest in Los Angeles Jeanne Theoharis 2. Amiri Baraka, the Congress of African People and Black Power Politics from the 1961 United Nations Protest to the 1972 Gary Convention Komozi Woodard 3. Black Women, Urban Politics, and Engendering Black Power Rhonda Y. Williams 4. Black Feminists Respond to Black Power Masculinism Kimberly Springer 5. The Third World Women's Alliance: Black Feminist Radicalism and the Black Power Movement Stephen Ward 6. The Roots of Black Power? Armed Resistance and the Radicalization of the Civil Rights Movement Simon Wendt 7. 'A Red Black and Green Liberation Jumpsuit': Roy Wilkins, the Black Panthers and the Conundrum of Black Power Yohuru Williams 8. Rainbow Radicalism: The Rise of Radical Ethnic Nationalism Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar 9. 'A Holiday of Our Own': Kwanzaa, Cultural Nationalism, and the Promotion of a Black Power Holiday, 1966–1985 Keith Mayes 10. Black Studies, Student Activism, and the Black Power Movement Peniel E. Joseph

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    He forgot the Why's and spent too much time on the well known few. Black power movement was a process rather than a legacy.

    Black power, an oxymoronic term, did not develop along the lines as sketched by Mr. Joseph.I think its first birth was not created by a few individuals who by fiery statements and visiblity became identified by white press or others as founders of black power movement. My points are concise. Seldom is change in a power structure brought about by those outside the system. It does not depend just on personalities or slogans to be viable but long term performance and accomplishments. True power always leaves an entity'ies' behind to perpetuate its beliefs or practices. In the American system, it invariably attracts some type of wealth,a constant wave of development, and a growing membership at some point...La Toqucville's observations. In short, power is the capacity to influence the behaviors of others, or to change the outcome of an event in the way the movement desired against obstacles. This is how to measure power. Black power has done none of it does not occupy any seat of political power, own very little assets,is not embraced by the best brains in the black community and other sources of power have very little to do with it. In short, it did not attract a diverse enough memebership or strong enough partnerships to be anything more than a blip on the political screen. After teaching organizational leadership, at post graduate level and developing it at an applied operational level elsewhere, I can understand why the black community lacks institutions of leadership. Many of its thinkers do not understand the process. This book shows that and how the black community '1955-2002' confused causes supported by leaders outside its community with a movement. When the NAACP reaches a few million in its membership rather than a few tens of thousands then the black power movement went from a process into an measurable product. Cheers Errol D. Alexander, PhD.

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