Black Power Encyclopedia: From "Black Is Beautiful" to Urban Uprisings

2 vols. Greenwood. Jul. 2018. 917p. ed. by Akinyele Umoja & . photos. index. ISBN 9781440840067. $189; ebk. ISBN 9781440840074. HIST
OrangeReviewStarUmoja (African American studies, Georgia State Univ.), Karin L. Stanford (political science & Africana studies, California State Univ., Northridge), and historian Jasmin A. Young detail the origins, major players, ideologies, themes, and legacy of the 1960s and 1970s Black Power movement in the United States, and emphasize how it still influences modern-day African American social, political, and cultural life. This authoritative, engaging encyclopedia opens with five overview essays that deftly lay out key elements such as the role of women in the black freedom struggle as well as differences in approaches between the movement's leaders and those of the more mainstream civil rights struggle. In addition to entries on topics such as Malcolm X, black bookstores, and police brutality, the work includes excerpts from interviews, government agency documents, speeches, and letters. Among the contributors are academics, scholars, students, and participants in the movement. The lengthy chronology and comprehensive further reading resources in the essay on Black Power studies are particularly impressive.
VERDICT This outstanding portrait of a fascinating and influential chapter of American life is indispensable for any library serving those interested in African American studies, cultural studies, and race relations.

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