Black Power

By: David Clark

Black Power

A movement of militant black Americans that grew out of the civil rights crusade of the 1960s. Advocates of black power. Like earlier black nationalists called for independent political, social, economic, and cultural action and institutions for black people. The emphasis placed upon black culture, pride in the African heritage, and achievement was summed up in the motto "black is beautiful."

Protests for Black Power

African Americans protested for Black Power because they wanted power just like the whites did.
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Carmichael's Quote

Carmichael was heavily influenced by the words of Malcolm X, and rejected integration as a short-term goal and Carmichael felt that blacks needed to feel a sense of racial pride and self-respect before any meaningful gains could be achieved.
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Rosa Parks

On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks (an African American woman) was arrested after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus. The law required African Americans to sit in the back of city buses and to give up their seats to whites. She stood up for herself and what she believes in.
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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is an activist movement that was formed to campaign against racism and what its members consider police brutality against African Americans. Three black activists began the movement on social media in July 2013, after George Zimmerman a white neighborhood watch volunteer was accused of murdering Trayvon Martin who was an unarmed black teenager during a struggle in Sanford, Florida.