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Black Power is a phrase that has instilled both pride and hopeinto the souls of black people while simultaneously striking fear intothe hearts of whites No two words in contemporary American society havebeen more controversial or misunderstood than Black Power Fager coverThis misunderstanding is what made the Black Power Movement so receptiveamong African-Americans but threatening to whites AfterAfrican-Americans became disenchanted with the Civil Rights Movement anew concept rose to the forefront of black ideology The Black PowerMovement began to reshape black consciousness during the mid-sixties andleft an everlasting impression on American society According to MaulanaKarenga The Black Power Movement can be divided into three basictendencies or thrusts 1 the religious thrusts 2 the cultural thrustand 3 the political thrust Karenga pg172 These three thrustsunited a mass of black people who shared a common struggle commonconcerns and a common consciousness Throughout this paper I willexplore these indispensable components of The Black Power Movementfocusing on each ones theories and contributions to the struggle foreconomic political and social changeThe strong religious content within the Black Power Movement iswhat really allowed this social movement to appeal to the masses Withoutthis religious element it is very difficult to assembly a mass movementA key component in the Movements success was its redefining of the currentworld order and providing a moral justification for the struggle At theforefront of this new perspective was both Christian and Islamicleadership The most vocal religious leader during The Black PowerMovement was the Nation of Islams Malcolm X Malcolm preached ElijahMuhammads bold gospel which painted God black and labeledAfrican-Americans as Gods chosen people This was not the first timeAfrican-Americans heard such bold affirmations to instill racial prideAlmost fifty years prior to Malcolms emergence Marcus Garvey preachedsimilar ideas of racial pride Diffused by the US government Garveysmovement loss its political power and Elijah Muhammad built upon Garveysfoundation of racial solidarity Malcolms contribution is so importantbecause his message broke many of the mental chains that remained fromslavery African-Americans no
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