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.
"The collection is enjoyable, welcome, and important."
Journal of American History
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