This authoritative encyclopedia provides a wide-ranging survey of the history, development, and current state of African American political activism and influence in American life and culture. This book begins with a suite of seven long-form essays on various aspects of Black political involvement and empowerment, including the importance of Black women in early labor organizing; campaigns defending Black voting rights against suppression and disenfranchisement; the Black Lives Matter movement; and the contributions and legacy of the nation’s first Black president, Barak Obama.
The encyclopedia itself contains approximately 200 authoritative entries on a wide assortment of topics related to African American political activism and empowerment, including biographical profiles of key leaders and activists, political issues and topics of particular interest to African American voters and lawmakers, important laws and court cases, influential organizations, and pivotal events in American culture that have influenced the trajectory of Black participation in the nation’s political life.
- A suite of long-form essays provide insights into areas of triumph and struggle for Black Americans seeking equitable treatment and representation in U.S. politics
- Approximately 200 encyclopedia entries cover African American political power and representation, with a special focus on contributions of women and LGBTQ figures who have been historically underappreciated
- Includes extensive discussion of current threats to Black voting rights
- Includes two informative glossaries, one dedicated to relevant organizations and the other focusing on notable documentaries on Black political icons and movements