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FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO BLACK POWER:
a gallery of covers


One of the most fascinating areas of politics in the modern world was the rapid radicalization of Black America in the Sixties. From the Civil Rights movement through the work of Sokeley Carmichael and the emergence of Eldridge Cleaver and on to the launch of the Black Panthers, the process took barely half-a-decade: the two key images of the era - Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech at the Lincoln Memorial, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving the Black Power salute at the Mexico Olympics - were separated by just five years.
Here's a random selection of texts from the movement:

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Martin Luther King Jr
Why We Can't Wait
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Lerone Bennet Jr
What Manner of Man
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Soul Brother #44
Why We March

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E Franklin Frazier
Black Bourgeoisie
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Alan F Westin (ed.)
Freedom Now!

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Eldridge Cleaver
Soul On Ice
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Eldridge Cleaver
Post-Prison Writings and Speeches
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Lee Lockwood
Conversation with Elridge Cleaver

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Stokeley Carmichael & Charles V Hamilton
Black Power
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Huey P Newton
Revolutionary Suicide


This page was created on 28 August 2003,
to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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