Dark Days, Bright Nights by Peniel E. Joseph
From Black Power to Barack Obama

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The Civil Rights Movement is now remembered as a long-lost era, which came to an end along with the idealism of the 1960s. In Dark Days, Bright Nights, acclaimed scholar Peniel E. Joseph puts this pat assessment to the test, showing the 60s—particularly the tumultuous period after the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act—to be the catalyst of a movement that culminated in the inauguration of Barack Obama.

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.


About Peniel E. Joseph

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Peniel E. Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author of the award-winning Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour, as well as editor of The Black Power Movementand Neighborhood Rebels. The recipient of fellowships from Harvard University's Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Ford Foundation, his essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Journal of American History, The Chronicle Review, Bookforum, and The American Historical Review. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Published December 23, 2009 by Basic Civitas Books. 289 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction

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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.

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Fred Beauford

“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...

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