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Black Power, updated edition

Radical Politics and African American Identity

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In the 1960s and 70s, the two most important black nationalist organizations, the Nation of Islam and the Black Panther Party, gave voice and agency to the most economically and politically isolated members of black communities outside the South. Though vilified as fringe and extremist, these movements proved to be formidable agents of influence during the civil rights era, ultimately giving birth to the Black Power movement.

Drawing on deep archival research and interviews with key participants, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar reconsiders the commingled stories of—and popular reactions to—the Nation of Islam, Black Panthers, and mainstream civil rights leaders. Ogbar finds that many African Americans embraced the seemingly contradictory political agenda of desegregation and nationalism. Indeed, black nationalism, he demonstrates, was far more favorably received among African Americans than historians have previously acknowledged. It engendered minority pride and influenced the political, cultural, and religious spheres of mainstream African American life for the decades to come.

This updated edition of Ogbar's classic work contains a new preface that describes the book's genesis and links the Black Power movement to the Black Lives Matter movement. A thoroughly updated essay on sources contains a comprehensive review of Black Power–related scholarship. Ultimately, Black Power reveals a black freedom movement in which the ideals of desegregation through nonviolence and black nationalism marched side by side.

About the Author

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar is a professor of history and the director of the Center for the Study of Popular Music at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of Hip-Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap and the editor of The Harlem Renaissance Revisited: Politics, Arts, and Letters.


"Ogbar does an exemplary job of providing a comprehensive overview of organizations and leaders involved in the Black Power movement."

- Journal of Negro Education
Johns Hopkins University Press
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