Black Power

By Emily Huddler

What is "Black Power"?

  • "Black Power" was the cry of the protesters in the 1960's
  • Stokely Carmichael first used "black power" in a speech in 1966
  • Many whites thought "black power" was blacks saying they wanted to take power from whites
  • "Black Power" meant that blacks should control their own destiny

Background Information

  • Blacks thought they were being treated unfairly
  • Police brutality, poor education, lack of jobs, and poor housing
  • Black Americans had a new growing pride for their African heritage

About the Protests

  • Looting and burning of white peoples property
  • Most serious occurred in California, New Jersey, and Michigan
  • Riots became worse after Martin Luther King was killed
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Effects of the Protests

  • Hundreds of lives lost and millions of dollars of property destroyed
  • Civil Rights Act of 1968 was passed

Black Power Representing Beliefs

  • Showing their anger by rioting and speaking about the unfair treatment towards black Americans
  • Successfully took action for something that wasn't fair
  • Fought for what they believed in to be able to make a change in the way blacks were treated
The Black Power Movement