M26Lecture17BlackPower - KEY POINTS CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE...

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CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE BLACK POWER MOVEMENT MUSIC AND POLITICAL AGENCY KEY POINTS • Legacies of Racism in the United States • Aesthetics and Ethics - the relationship between Art and Action • Musical Practices are never “merely” musical, but in fact deeply enmeshed in social, cultural, ethnic, economic, and political issues Black Power Movement (late 1960s, early 1970s) Response to: • Persistence of economic suffering and racism • Lack of long term goals • Violence in the cities • Ambivalence towards legislative reform Groups commonly associated with Black Power: • The Black Panther Party • Nation of Islam Black Power • Black Nationalism, black autonomy • From nonviolence to self-defense • Afrocentrism, pan-Africanism • “Black is Beautiful” • Stuart Hall writes, “The essentializing moment is weak because it naturalizes and dehistoricizes difference, mistaking what is historical and cultural for what is natural, biological, and genetic.” • But he also states, “We cannot and should not, for a moment, underestimate or neglect the importance of the act of imaginative
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2010 for the course MUSIC 26AC taught by Professor Brinner during the Fall '07 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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M26Lecture17BlackPower - KEY POINTS CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE...

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