Black Power: The Politics of Liberation

  • Title: Black Power: The Politics of Liberation
  • Author: Stokely Carmichael Charles V. Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780679743132
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Black Power The Politics of Liberation In this revolutionary work exposed the depths of systemic racism in this country and provided a radical political framework for reform true and lasting social change would only be accomplished t
    In 1967, this revolutionary work exposed the depths of systemic racism in this country and provided a radical political framework for reform true and lasting social change would only be accomplished through unity among African Americans and their independence from the preexisting order An eloquent document of the civil rights movement that remains a work of profound sociIn 1967, this revolutionary work exposed the depths of systemic racism in this country and provided a radical political framework for reform true and lasting social change would only be accomplished through unity among African Americans and their independence from the preexisting order An eloquent document of the civil rights movement that remains a work of profound social relevance 25 years after it was first published.

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    About Stokely Carmichael Charles V. Hamilton


    1. Stokely Standiford Churchill Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture, was a Trinidadian American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement He rose to prominence first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC, pronounced Snick and later as the Honorary Prime Minister of the Black Panther Party Initially an integrationist, Carmichael later became affiliated with black nationalist and Pan Africanist movements


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    1. When visiting old friends, I go through their libraries in search of books I read as a kid. I found Black Power in a high school friend's collection while visiting him in Springfield, Vermont.I'd been brought up in a pronouncedly anti-racist home. Mom and Dad were both democratic socialists who usually voted for liberal Democrats though Dad was proud of having voted for Norman Thomas in '48 and for having had a father who had been a comrade and journalist colleague of Carl Sandburg in the Social [...]

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    2. I loved this, I think it should be taught as part of U.S. history wherever such a grim subject is taught (though with some more women talking alongside, my main critique). From the prefaceThis book is about why, where and in what manner black people in America must get themselves together. It is about black people taking care of business -- the business of and for black people. The stakes are really very simple: if we fail to do this, we face continued subjection to a white society that has no i [...]

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    3. (Sigh) So to begin this book started with kindling that fire that is at the base of every black man woman and child but then in the middle, I began to see; unlike this books forefathers (i.e. the mis-education of the Negro) it offered no solutions to any of the obvious problems it points out. FOR MYSELF it was to akin to listening to one of my older uncles talk, and talk all day about how the world is wrong and explain in detail what is wrong with it yet they do noting and give no advice on how [...]

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    4. Been learning some great things from this so definitely wanted to add it. Stokely is an underrated treasure from the Black Power Movement era.

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    5. Such a pivotal, transformative movement. This book, published in 1967,89 was honestly incredible to read. I appreciated the detailed strategies shared about various campaigns--it inspired and humbled me as an organizer. Their elucidation of WHY they reject integration as a goal is solid. "'Integration' as a goal today speaks to the problem of blackness not only in an unrealistic way but also in a despicable way. It is based on complete acceptance of the fact that in order to have a decent house [...]

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    6. Before I dive into a formal review of this amazing piece of literature, I must say that this book is a must-read for everyone. The book has a wealth of information, constructive take-aways and is a well-referenced documentation of facts that are not always accurately communicated in history books. One can learn from this book, grow from this book, be inspired by this book and, most urgently, be encouraged to ACT based on the motivation this book offers. Why I read this book: Black Power and Blac [...]

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    7. In his 1992 Afterword, Charles Hamilton penned a response to the prevailing criticisms that Black Power was responsible for "highlighting racial divisions", "eschewing coalitions with whites", attempting "to kick whites out of the civil rights movement", and being "anti-white, defeatist, and bitterly rejecting the civil rights movement's traditional goal of integration". While the rest of the afterword holds a patient and intellectual argument for the continued necessity of Black Power, one can [...]

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    8. Articulate and farseeing, Carmichael and Hamilton present their point-of-view on the socioeconomic problems exacerbating racial tensions in the late '60s. What struck me most about this book were the aspects discussed by Carmichael that have in no way been solved today. The authors point out the underlying reasons for urban and rural poverty, and those reasons continue unabated. It makes me wonder how our society has succeeded for sweeping these problems under the rug for so long. I imagine the [...]

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    9. This isn't for your enjoyment, it's for your FREEDOM.Thought-provoking and awe-inspiring. Ture and Hamilton have helped to lay a foundation for the us, their future. They've given use the manuscript on how to take control on our lives and what we deserve as human beings. This book not only tells of the corrupted lives of the government and it's "personal" relationship with big business, but of the re-education that needs to be done because of it! McDonald's will receive more money from the gover [...]

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    10. This book is from the 1960's, so race relations in the US have progressed a bit since then, but I suspect that in much of the South and urban inner-city areas this book is still very relevant. I also was noting while reading this one how different the part of the West is where I live, compared to the parts of the US Carmichael is directly discussing. The trendy-popular notion that the US is really 12-13 nations/societies squished together is supported by reading books like this. My area has raci [...]

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    11. Black Power: The Politics of Liberation was an amazing, necessary read for me right now. It’s powerful, emotional and strategic language was all at once overwhelming and calming. As someone who is constantly looking for my place in the struggle for Black liberation, this book by Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Charles V. Hamilton provided me with words to match my sentiments and strategies to match my determination for systemic change. The book includes various case studies of political/co [...]

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    12. A very good book. it stresses the importance of black people controlling their own institutions & thus, their own lives. Written in the late 60's, it critiques moves towards integration & where proponents of it either failed in their strategies or undermined by the system. The limitations of allies & liberals are explored as well. It's about uplifting black people & giving them some measure if control, how far that can go without overthrowing the entire system, I'm not sure. They [...]

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    13. reading at least the first 3 chapters should be a requirement in high school. if the history and mechanics of racism, individual and institutional, was actually taught in schools instead of the vague "bad thing that happened but its all better now, mlk jr civils rights" that i remember learning, i'm sure there'd be at least a lot less white stupid calls of "but that's reverse racism!". the rest of book is still incredibly relevant, see the emphasis on black visibility not being equal to black po [...]

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    14. One of the great works of the 20th Century, the delineation of the transformation of SNCC from a Civil-Rights-based organization to the leading proponent of the Black Power movement. Very thought-provoking because of their thoroughness in looking at multiple issues. A must-read for anyone mildly interested in racial politics, since Carmichael and Hamilton clearly analyze the need for "Black Power," as defined by them and not the mass media. So many applications today, with the rise of Black Live [...]

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    15. At first I thought maybe I had read this book before, but in fact I just think that the ideas formed the basis of my Black Studies program in college. I appreciate that this book is written without a lot of jargon and does a great job at explaining institutional racism. It's very focused on electing black politicians, but also speaks out against capitalism in general. While written in 1967, many of these problems are still very relevant today.

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    16. Sort of startling how incisive this book was in terms of organizing for community power and local control and the forces of acquiescence and assimilation that one must combat in order to have any meaningful form of it. Having grown up with Tuskeegee, Alabama being the closest town it was interesting to read the history of the city and the university. Fantastic but depressing read considering how little has changed

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    17. I'm not that qualified on the subject to write a proper review for this book, but it was enlightening for me to read it. It should be recommended in schools readings, its subject and the way of dealing with it are in my opinion still relevant nowadays, even more if I may say so.

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    18. I have wanted to read this for nearly a decade. It felt so good to finally read it and have so much of it (in terms of alliances and power) relatable to situations happening today. If I ever taught history, this would be a requirement.

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    19. "Those of us who advocate Black Power are quite clear in our own minds that a non-violent approach to civil rights is an approach black people cannot afford and a luxury white people do not deserve." This is a radical novel focusing on cause and effect.

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    20. I am familiar with what the Black Power Movement came to be but this book details what it was intended to be. It's pretty short and makes you realize how skeletal the plan was.which may account for why the movement took on a life of its own.

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    21. This may seem weird on my bookshelf, it was for a class and I found it very informative and interesting. Though cannot in good conscious justify giving a book on black power more than a 3 star rating.

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    22. sadly, it's more fun listening to Stokely speak then reading his writings.

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    23. must read for anyone who believes in any kind of self determination

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    24. I love my man Kwame TureHe lays everything out perfectly.

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    25. This is a great book to understand the politics behind the Black Power movement of the sixties.

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    26. Timeless work.

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    27. when the american dream failed, this book started a revolution. all community organizers should read this book.

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    28. Really great read; knocks down the myth that the Black Power movement was one of violence and hate. Explains the necessity of Black Power and what the movement was really trying to achieve.

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    29. Read this years ago, but nothing really stands out about it, except that reading it in the 80s (or maybe the 90s) felt a bit like a time warp.

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