Black Power Encyclopedia
From "Black Is Beautiful" to Urban Uprisings
The Black Power Movement encompassed a variety of ideological responses, including revolutionary nationalism, cultural nationalism, Black capitalism, Black feminism, and Pan-Africanism.
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An invaluable resource that documents the Black Power Movement by its cultural representation and promotion of self-determination and self-defense, and showcases the movement's influence on Black communities in America from 1965 to the mid-1970s.
Unlike the Civil Rights Movement's emphasis on the rhetoric and practice of nonviolence and social and political goal of integration, Black Power was defined by the promotion of Black self-determination, Black consciousness, independent Black politics, and the practice of armed self-defense. Black Power changed communities, curriculums, and culture in the United States and served as an inspiration for social justice internationally. This unique two-volume set provides readers with an understanding of Black Power's important role in the turbulence, social change, and politics of the 1960s and 1970s in America and how the concepts of the movement continue to influence contemporary Black politics, culture, and identity.
Cross-disciplinary and broad in its approach, Black Power Encyclopedia: From "Black Is Beautiful" to Urban Uprisings explores the emergence and evolution of the Black Power Movement in the United States some 50 years ago. The entries examine the key players, organizations and institutions, trends, and events of the period, enabling readers to better understand the ways in which African Americans broke through racial barriers, developed a positive identity, and began to feel united through racial pride and the formation of important social change organizations. The encyclopedia also covers the important impact of the more militant segments of the movement, such as Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers.
- Gives students and general readers a comprehensive overview of the Black Power Movement and an understanding of its importance within the turbulence and politics of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States as well as in the context of modern-day civil rights
- Provides insight into important concepts such as Black self-determination, Black consciousness, independent Black politics, and independent institutions
- Features contributions from premier Black Power scholars as well as Black Power activists
- Offers topical and biographical entries, a timeline of events, and a bibliography of key print and nonprint sources of additional information
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"This outstanding portrait of a fascinating and influential chapter of American life is indispensable for any library serving those interested in African American studies, cultural studies, and race relations."
"Umoja, Stanford, and Young, all prominent Africana studies scholars, gathered a wide range of contributors . . . bringing a balance of academic expertise and community activism to the clearly written, well-documented essays on people, places, and events in the Black Power Movement. . . . Historical perspective, updated information, cross references, and suggestions for further reading make the work valuable for both contemporary understanding and for providing a pathway to additional political and cultural research on the movement. Overview essays and an accurate, detailed index further the
reference value. An excellent choice for high school, college, and public libraries."
"This attractive two-volume set is an ideal gateway for students who want to begin researching the people, events, and philosophies of the Black Power movement in the U.S. . . . Summing Up: Highly recommended for high school, college, and university libraries."
"Excellent . . . this set is essential for U.S. cultural history collections."
2019 Outstanding Reference Source — Reference and User Services Association — RUSA
Best Reference Book of 2018 — Library Journal
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