Joseph argues that the 1965 Voting Rights Act burst a dam holding back radical democratic impulses. This political explosion initially took the form of the Black Power Movement, conventionally adjudged a failure. Joseph resurrects the movement to elucidate its unfairly forgotten achievements.
Told through the lives of activists, intellectuals, and artists, including Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, Amiri Baraka, Tupac Shakur, and Barack Obama, Dark Days, Bright Nights will make coherent a fraught half-century of struggle, reassessing its impact on American democracy and the larger world.
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Carmichael moved from civil-rights agitator to Black Power revolutionary, proving to be “perhaps the most important individual key to unearthing the buried intimacies between the civil rights and Black Power eras.Nov 01 2009 | Read Full Review of Dark Days, Bright Nights: Fro...
“Despite their volatile images,” Joseph writes, after presenting vivid descriptions of the two icons, “Malcolm and Carmichael played crucial roles in America’s extraordinary journey from Black Power to Barack Obama.” Other than his Introduction, which is extended in his opening chapter, the...| Read Full Review of Dark Days, Bright Nights: Fro...
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