black power

black power

noun (often initial capital letters)
the political and economic power of black Americans as a group, especially such power used for achieving racial equality.

Origin:
1965–70, Americanism

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Black Power
 
n
a social, economic, and political movement of Black people, esp in the US, to obtain equality with White people

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Black Power definition


A movement that grew out of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Black Power calls for independent development of political and social institutions for black people and emphasizes pride in black culture. In varying degrees, Black Power advocates called for the exclusion of whites from black civil rights organizations. Stokely Carmichael, one of the leaders of the movement and the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), stated: “I am not going to beg the white man for anything I deserve. I'm going to take it.”

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