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Founded by a small group of Black activists in Los Angeles, California, on September 7, 1965, Us was one of the major organizations in the Black Power movement. Since then, it has continued to play an important role in Black political and intellectual culture.

The Founding of Us

Calling several activists together at his home in the wake of the Watts revolt (also known as the Watts Riots) in August of the same year, activist Maulana Karenga laid out the essential elements of his conception of the critical historical juncture at which Black people were, the state of the Black movement, and the need for an organization that would respond effectively to the challenges of the time. He posed Us as an organization ...

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