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The notion of “Black people in power” is not a modern phenomenon. Put another way, Africa has historically produced a number of powerful societies, nations, and peoples since the ancient world, including Kemet, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nubia, Oyo, Kush, and Kongo. Mali’s Mansa Musa was one of the most powerful people in the world during the 14th century. The global narrative of Black Power continues to be little understood, which makes this entry significant for this current volume.

Blacks in Power

The year was 1966. In the summer heat of Greenwood, Mississippi, and at the prodding of Willie Ricks, 25-year old Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) ignited a political rally by calling for “Black Power.” Ture, the Trinidadian-born chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ...

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