Black Power In The Civil Rights Movement

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Black Power Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panthers, once said, “Black Power is giving power to people who have not had power to determine their destiny.” Due to the mistreatment of African Americans a speech was given and a phrase was coined that raised awareness of the struggles of the Civil Rights Movement. Stokely Carmichael was one of many who were leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, Stokely Carmichael was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The SNCC was formed to give younger blacks more of a voice in the Civil Rights Movement. During the March Against Fear, James Meredith was shot on June 5th, 1966. He would later rejoin the march on June 25th, but Martin Luther King, Floyd McKissick, and Stokely Carmichael stepped in to lead from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi.…show more content…
Stokely Carmichael was enraged by the shooting of James Meredith so on that date; he gave a speech in which he said, “What we’re going to start saying now is Black Power!” From then on, the term Black Power is now commonly used. Although Black Power is used frequently, it is still unsure what Carmichael meant. He saw it as a way of resurrecting Black Pride, another Civil Rights Movement. The dictionary defines Black Power as the political and economic power of black Americans in
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