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Black Power November 13, 2007 The term “black power” has multiple meanings. During a time when being black seemed like a bad thing, African-Americans took it upon themselves to turn the image of their race around. “Black power” was not only a phrase that represented African Americans togetherness, but it phrase that represented a serious movement . Black power was a way of bringing the entire race together as one. African Americans realized that there was strength in numbers, and banded together to change their image as a race. In addition, it represented pride that African Americans felt within their race. Nell Irvin Painter describes black power as “a way of shifting what used to be bad, or a ‘stigmatized identity’ into a ‘badge of pride’”. “Black Power” meant black people defining themselves positively, regardless of what people thought.
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Unformatted text preview: “Black Power” also represented a fight for civil rights using methods other than nonviolence. Nonviolence protests for civil rights angered many African Americans, and to some it seemed like a pointless tactic, because it usually ended in several people getting hurt. As a result, groups such as the Black Panther Party arose from the “Black Power” movement. This group is known for carrying fire-arms openly. Irvin states that, “the image of armed Black Panthers captivated young black men all around the country…they flocked into the BPP, eager to take on abusive local police.” Moreover, in 1968, after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, the “Black Power” movement became even stronger. Many people were outraged, and the African American’s gained more “power” through the thousands of people who were stricken by King’s death....
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