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The Power of the Fist Black Power is a phrase that has instilled both pride and hope into the souls of black people while simultaneously striking fear into the hearts of whites No two words in contemporary American society have been more controversial or misunderstood than Black Power Fager cover This misunderstanding is what made the Black Power Movement so receptive among African-Americans but threatening to whites After African-Americans became disenchanted with the Civil Rights Movement a new concept rose to the forefront of black ideology The Black Power Movement began to reshape black consciousness during the mid-sixties and left an everlasting impression on American society According to Maulana Karenga The Black Power Movement can be divided into three basic tendencies or thrusts 1 the religious thrusts 2 the cultural thrust and 3 the political thrust Karenga pg172 These three thrusts united a mass of black people who shared a common struggle common concerns and a common consciousness Throughout this paper I will explore these indispensable components of The Black Power Movement focusing on each ones theories and contributions to the struggle for economic political and social change The strong religious content within the Black Power Movement is what really allowed this social movement to appeal to the masses Without this religious element it is very difficult to assembly a mass movement A key component in the Movements success was its redefining of the current world order and providing a moral justification for the struggle At the forefront of this new perspective was both Christian and Islamic leadership The most vocal religious leader during The Black Power Movement was the Nation of Islams Malcolm X Malcolm preached Elijah Muhammads bold gospel which painted God black and labeled African-Americans as Gods chosen people This was not the first time African-Americans heard such bold affirmations to instill racial pride Almost fifty years prior to Malcolms emergence Marcus Garvey preached similar ideas of racial pride Diffused
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