Category Archives: Black Power

‘Prairie Fire’ Memories

“I could wallow in nostalgia about my days with the Weather Underground in the early 1970s: at Coney Island with Bernardine Dohrn, eating Bill Ayers’ soufflés and Jeff Jones’ homemade breads and the thrill of having my left earlobe pieced … Continue reading

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Remembering the Black Panther Party

Charles Bursey hands a plate of food to a child as part of the Black Panther Party’s free breakfast program. “2016 marked the fiftieth anniversary of both Stokely Carmichael’s coining of the phrase ‘Black Power’ and the formation of the … Continue reading

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Harold Cruse – The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual (1967)

“Polemics seldom age well. But when Harold Cruse published The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual during the fall of 1967, he aimed his verbal artillery in so many directions that it seems as if some of the missiles are still … Continue reading

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What Was the Protest Group Students for a Democratic Society? Five Questions Answered

Several hundred people affiliated with the SDS race through the Los Angeles Civic Center in a 1968 demonstration against the Vietnam war. “… 1. What were the goals of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) when it started? SDS wanted … Continue reading

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How Much Can 1968 Tell Us About 2020?

“… I repeated a basic observation: When chaos is everywhere, voters tend to reward politicians who promise calm — which is what Nixon seemed credibly to do in 1968. But campaigning for congressional candidates in 1970, Nixon responded to metastasizing … Continue reading

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Ava DuVernay Interviews Angela Davis on This Moment—And What Came Before

“AVA DuVERNAY: I was reading an interview in which you talked about something that’s been on my mind quite a bit lately. It’s about this time we are in that I’ll just call a racial reckoning. Do you feel that … Continue reading

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The Things We Knew Then: Vivid Then, Fading Now?

“1. James Forman was a. ’68 Olympic heavyweight champion b. national director of the Congress of Racial Equality c. a Czechoslovakian film director d. executive secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee 2. In Easy Rider, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, … Continue reading

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James Baldwin Talks About Racism in America & Civil Rights Activism on The Dick Cavett Show (1969)

James Baldwin, New York City, 1976; photograph by Nancy Crampton “There are many reasons, some quite literal, that it can be painful to talk about racism in the U.S. For one thing, it often seems that writers like W.E.B. Du … Continue reading

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The Story Behind the Iconic Black Power Salute Photo at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City

“You may know his name, and you definitely know the iconic photo of him standing next to Tommie Smith and Peter Norman on the medals podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, his black-gloved fist raised next to Smith’s … Continue reading

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In 1971, the People Didn’t Just March on Washington — They Shut It Down

“The largest and most audacious direct action in US history is also among the least remembered, a protest that has slipped into deep historical obscurity. It was a protest against the Vietnam War, but it wasn’t part of the storied … Continue reading

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