Fifty years ago, the term "Black power" fired into the American vocabulary. In celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of the call for Black power this week, I present this exclusive excerpt from my new book.
Long live "The People's Champion."
Most people that know of King know of his famed "I Have a Dream" speech, but what of his other speeches? If we really want to honor King's legacy it would be best to remember everything that he said and not pick and choose the parts of his legacy that are most convenient for us.
Gov. George Wallace is a reminder that recognition of basic legal rights is an essential start but just a beginning and is insufficient on its own. Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael are reminders that the only way to forever remove George Wallace from our schoolhouse door is to marry the fight for legal equality with a vigorous fight for community strength and vitality.
Joseph teaches at Tufts University and also founded a growing subfield that he characterizes as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history and related interdisciplinary fields.
Thomas infuses his passion for the music, poetry, and recorded rhetoric with a weighty reverence for the events and attitudes that shaped a generation. His mission started out quite innocently.
“As a child traveling through Alabama, I can remember seeing these signs: ‘white men, colored men,’ ‘white women, colored
Swedish filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson's documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is one of those once-in-a-lifetime films which seamlessly reaches the full cinematic goal of changing its viewers' world for good.
The unemployment rate in Los Angeles for African Americans is nearly 20%. They are a huge pool of people who are able and want to work. Los Angeles owes them and I want to keep them here.
The digital slide show "Dream Fulfilled? King, the Civil Rights Movement, and Obama's America," highlights less-remembered aspects of movement and reviews the racial economic inequality which has never been addressed.