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Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America Paperback – July 10, 2007
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Peniel Joseph has really served the public here. I hope this book is picked up by people (like myself) born after this narrative's conclusion. By moving beyond the waters of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver, and looking into the arts, and cultural developments like Kwanzaa, and religion, he was actually able to bring focus to the narrative.
It was very refreshing to see Martin Luther King as more than a teddy-bear on the one hand, and more than a broken record on the other. He was in the first instance a minister--meaning a person of faith who worked with people, in all their humanity. King changed his mind about realities, and grew, and related to people with a flexibility not shared by, say, philosophers.
Joseph leaves us with the stories of men and women, not always heroes, and not too unlike ourselves in their daily lives.
My only regret is the book's ending in 1974. It would have been nice to understand black power's interface with early hip hop, and such.
Joseph has done a superb job by removing "Black Power" from this cartoonish history, and instead placing it in context. He begins with a brief description of Marcus Garvey's black nationalism, and then traces the movement for black empowerment through history to the present day, focusing on Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, and Huey Newton. He notes that the relationship between the traditional civil rights movement as embodied by King, and the Black Power movement has always included elements of cooperation at the same time as there was competition. The Deacons for Defense provided armed protection to King and other leaders of non-violent protests; Carmichael started out in SNCC dedicated to non-violence.Read more ›
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A must read for those interested in the BP movement. How/when it started & where is it/where are we right now.Published 15 months ago by Pedro Juan Llanos
I got a little bored reading the political parts of this, but the book is solidly researched and worth the read.Published 18 months ago by Melissa Gilbert
I had to read this book for my African American Class and It gives a different perspective on the black power movement. I agree that “Waiting Til The Midnight Hour” by Peniel E. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Khadejha Brunner
the book is well written and gives a all around view of the various aspects of the black power movement.Published 21 months ago by Ronald Arundell
Sorry for the cliche,however this is a must read;for anyone seeking an insight into the truth about a very significant part of the civil rights movement in the USA. Read morePublished 21 months ago by HAPPY CUSTOMER
It is a textbook I need for class. Not much to say because I must read it and do well in the class.Published on December 5, 2013 by Dr. ESD