Militancy, Repression, and Resistance in the Black Power Era

Tracy E. K’Meyer

in Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125398
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135274 | DOI:
Militancy, Repression, and Resistance in the Black Power Era

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This chapter discusses the story of black power in Louisville which illuminates how that philosophy and movement flowed seamlessly out of earlier organizing as part of a longer search for new visions and strategies that would contribute to the ongoing project of overcoming racism. It notes that the WECC's black power program, the subsequent expressions of black power in Louisville, and the events that followed the persecution of militant activists took place in a context shaped by changes in the national freedom struggle and the response to them. It provides that although it had deep roots, and elements of black nationalism had emerged at various times throughout the modern era, by the mid-1960s the black power philosophy had become more popular and widespread, especially among the younger generation of African American activists.

Keywords: Louisville; racism; WECC; black power; national freedom struggle; black nationalism; black power philosophy; African American activists

Chapter.  15516 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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