Waiting 'til the Midnight Hour

Waiting 'til the Midnight Hour

A Narrative History of Black Power in America

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
A compelling history of the Black Power movement in the United States traces the origins and evolution of the influential movement, from the urban militancy of the 1950s, through the rise of a radical new approach to the fight for racial equality, examining the ways in which Black Power redefined racial identity and culture and its lasting legacy. 35,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A gripping narrative that brings to life a legendary moment in American history: the birth, life, and death of the Black Power movement

With the rallying cry of "Black Power!" in 1966, a group of black activists, including Stokely Carmichael and Huey P. Newton, turned their backs on Martin Luther King's pacifism and, building on Malcolm X's legacy, pioneered a radical new approach to the fight for equality. Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour is a history of the Black Power movement, that storied group of men and women who would become American icons of the struggle for racial equality.

Peniel E. Joseph traces the history of the men and women of the movement--many of them famous or infamous, others forgotten. Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour begins in Harlem in the 1950s, where, despite the Cold War's hostile climate, black writers, artists, and activists built a new urban militancy that was the movement's earliest incarnation. In a series of character-driven chapters, we witness the rise of Black Power groups such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panthers, and with them, on both coasts of the country, a fundamental change in the way Americans understood the unfinished business of racial equality and integration.

Drawing on original archival research and more than sixty original oral histories, this narrative history vividly invokes the way in which Black Power redefined black identity and culture and in the process redrew the landscape of American race relations.



Book News
By drawing on archival material and oral histories, Joseph (Africana studies, SUNY-Stony Brook) moves beyond slogans and symbols to provide a nuanced, detailed study of the Black Power movement in the US. He covers not only the major events and players but also the complicated negotiations between unlikely allies and the participation of unknown men and women committed to the cause. Joseph's ability to situate the Black Power movement in a global context gives an added dimension to this valuable contribution to scholarship about the struggle for civil rights. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A history of the Black Power movement in the United States traces the origins and evolution of the influential movement and examines the ways in which Black Power redefined racial identity and culture.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805075397
0805075399
Branch Call Number: 323.1196 J774w
Characteristics: xiv, 399 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Waiting until the midnight hour

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