black power

noun, often capitalized B&P

Definition of black power 

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

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That honor goes to Beyoncé’s couple’s costume with Jay Z, and their tribute to famous black athletes — and one famous black power moment. Aja Romano, Vox, "Beyoncé and Jay–Z paid tribute to black athletes — and black power — for Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 The black power and radical feminist movements, along with the culture of protest among young people and students, provided models for revolutionary organizing in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 Her Coachella salute to black colleges and Greek life included an outfit that featured a purple-and-silver crest with images of Queen Nefertiti, a black bee, a black power fist, and a black panther. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "For this Penn class that studies Beyoncé, Beychella was like an epic final exam," 17 Apr. 2018 Tommie Smith, the 1963 state winner in the 440, won the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics and everlasting fame for his black power salute alongside John Carlos during the national anthem on the victory stand. Jerry Soifer, latimes.com, "100 years of the state track meet: from future Olympic heroes to Johnny Mathis, a tapestry of talent," 29 May 2018 When Kim visited the Oval Office Wednesday, the star strayed from her go-to body-con pieces and instead looked business chic in an all-black power pantsuit — with Vetements stitched into the front of the pants — and a black bodysuit. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Decoding Kim and Kourtney Kardashian's Washington D.C. Style," 31 May 2018 Cone blended the racial pride of the black power movement with an emphasis on social justice that had been a part of the black church since enslaved Africans first read the Bible. John Blake, CNN, "Remembering the theologian who took on the hypocrisy of the white church," 30 Apr. 2018 Others of us wanted to believe a megalomaniacal celebrity who married into a vacuous reality-television family was a counterculture revolutionary capable of making a nouveau black power album. T.d. Williams, The Root, "How the West Was Lost," 26 Apr. 2018 Amid the gunfire of April 6, 1968, Bobby Hutton, the Panthers’ first recruit and the group’s treasurer, was shot dead by Oakland officers, instantly becoming a martyr for many in the black power movement. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "The death of a Black Panther: 50 years after Bobby Hutton’s killing," 24 Apr. 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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black power

noun

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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