Book of the Week: 09/03 - 09/09


BLACK POWER: The Politics of Liberation

By: Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael) & Charles V. Hamilton

In 1967, this revolutionary work defined a phrase that had become a central part of the civil rights vocabulary. In Black Power, Stokley Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton exposed the depths of systemic racism in this country and provided a viable political framework for reform. African-Americans could no longer afford to believe that their liberation would come through traditional political processes: true and lasting social change would only be accomplished through their unity and independence from the pre-existing order. 

While the past 50 years have been witness to many changes, the book continues to be of immediate and vital relevance to the racial climate today. The authors offer unflinching assessments of the tenets of Black Power as the have or have not been realized and reassert the urgency of addressing the liberation struggles of Africans all over the world.

Kwame Ture (formely Stokley Carmichael)

Kwame Ture (formely Stokley Carmichael)

Kwame Ture (born Stokely Carmichael, 1941–1998) was a Trinidadian-American who became a prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement and the global Pan-African movement. He grew up in the United States and became an activist while he attended Howard University. He was a prominent figure in the Black Power movement, first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), later as the "Honorary Prime Minister" of the Black Panther Party. 

Dr. Charles V. Hamilton (born 1929) is a political scientist and civil rights leader from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Dr. Hamilton is the W. S. Sayre Professor Emeritus of Government and Political Science at Columbia University.