The Black power movement

| March 30, 2011

Title: The Black power movement : rethinking the civil rights-Black power era

Author :  Peniel E. Joseph (Ed)

Publisher: New York : Routledge

Call number: E185.61 .B6 2006

From the Publisher:

Peniel Joseph has compiled a wonderful collection of essays pertaining to the Black Power Movement (BPM) and how the BPM was much more than a struggle by mostly male leaders at a national level. Instead, this collection argues, it was a coalition of people that joined together to press for Black Power.

Most of the essays pertain exclusively to the Black Power Movement, but there are plenty of tantalizing sidebars that tie well into the BPM, such as an essay regarding Kwanzaa, and (my personal favorite) an essay entitled “Rainbow Radicalism”. Rainbow Radicalism focuses on how the BPM affected other ethnic groups, such as the Chicano/as in the Southwest, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and even Southern Whites.

Overall, this collection is a spectacular grouping and is well worth reading, whether simply for self-edification or as part of an educational exercise. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the history of Civil Rights America or African-American history.

About the Author:

Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama as well as editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level.

Dr. Joseph is the founder of a growing subfield in American History and Africana Studies that he has characterized as “Black Power Studies” which is actively rewriting postwar American and African American History as well as related interdisciplinary fields of Africana Studies, law and society, sociology, political science, Women’s and Ethnic Studies, philosophy, anthropology, literary studies, and American Studies to name a few.

He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy, and civil rights who appears on C-SPAN’s Book TV, NPR , and PBS’s NewsHour. During the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions Professor Joseph provided historical commentary for the PBS NewsHour.

The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Book Forum, and The American Historical Review. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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