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Alexis Blake Dr. Hayter 28 March 2016 Summons to Conscience Reading Response #2 The Black Power era brought forth a period that cultivated love and pride in the black community. The movement fought for the liberation of blacks from oppressive institutions while at the same time allowed black people to embrace the uniqueness of black culture. The Black Power movement was ambiguous in definition, but nevertheless was a unifying rally cry among blacks during the tumultuous times of the 1960’s. They’re most known for their stark contrast to the non-violent civil rights movements led by activists such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The movement aided in the fight against the white racism that saturated the fabric of American Democracy. Often misconstrued as a violent movement, some of the its key leaders advocated that black people use self defense against white tyranny. Although the Black Power movement was a rally cry for black people, the term ‘Black Power’ has no solid definition till this day because of its abstruseness among different people. However, many have agreed that the movement revitalized what it meant to be black during the 1960’s. It challenged the traditional narrative of American cultural hegemony. Fundamentally, Black Power was a movement that called for black people to explore and embrace their culture. Key leaders such as Stokely Carmicheal and Huey P. Newton, believed that once black people knew who they were and became comfortable with their culture, it would help propel their fight against white supremacy. In the beginning, “it was feared that their rallying cry, “Black Power,”
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was a synonym for black Jacobinism.”
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