black power

variants: or Black Power

Definition of black power

: the mobilization of the political and economic power of Black Americans especially to compel respect for their rights and improve their condition

Examples of black power in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1968 Olympics, two US athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised a black power salute. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 24 Oct. 2020 Chavis mentioned boxers Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali as examples, along with sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics to support black power and human rights. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Oct. 2020 By its final lines, thousands of fists are raised in the air in a solidarity salute to black power. Janelle Harris Dixon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Aug. 2020 Yet the end of the war did not bring peace but only a return to the jittery status quo of plots, uprisings, and white anxieties about black power. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2020 Charlie Billingsley, artist and founder of the Museum for Black Girls — another partner for the festival, said every piece connects to what’s going on in the world, from slogans and quotes to symbols like records, afros and the black power fist. Catherine Henderson, The Know, 19 June 2020 His character is hypnotic and riven with contradictions, espousing both black power and Donald Trump, while hurling ethnic slurs at the Vietnamese with abandon. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 12 June 2020 From John Carlos and Tommie Smith's famous black power salute in 1968 to Peter O'Connor scaling a flagpole to wave the Irish flag in 1906, political statements have been woven into the fabric of the modern Games. Matias Grez, CNN, 25 Jan. 2020 Drugs were flooded into black communities across the country to contain the black power movement, and that’s when mass incarceration stepped up — and many of these people were actually just drug users, not kingpins. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 21 Jan. 2020

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of black power

: the use of political and economic power by African-Americans especially as part of a social movement to promote equality and racial justice in the 1960s


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