Consciousness of being: Re-imagining Biko 40 years on

A lecture delivered at the University of California Los Angeles and Freedom Park, 7 July 2017 The Drum Veli Mbele Jul 20, 2017 Forty years after Steve Biko’s murder in detention, the world we live in has not changed fundamentally for Black people. Regardless of where you reside in the world, how educated you are, […]

The 1967 Rebellion and Visions of an Independent Black Detroit

By Austin McCoy Image of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Photo: Thomas Giggs. In all likelihood, the progressive slogan—“Another city is possible”—grew from the ashes of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion. While many will remember the destruction, the presence of the National Guard, and the many who died during the uprising, it is […]

A gathering to honor a freedom fighter

by SAEED SHABAZZ Assata Shakur “My name is Assata (she who struggles) Olugbala (for the people) Shakur (the thankful one), and I am a 20th century escaped slave,” she wrote on her website in 2013. “Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence […]

Revolutionary Black Artists of the Civil Rights Era Get Exhibition in the UK

Emory Douglas, “We shall survive without a doubt” (Emory Douglas) “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” features iconic works alongside pieces that have long been overlooked by the mainstream by  Jason Daley Civil Rights. Black Power. Black Arts. These movements helped power the 1960s and 1970s as a defining era of political and cultural shifts. […]

Neutralize their activities: The footprints of COINTELPRO from the Black Panther Party to the MOVE Organization and beyond

by Uhuru Baraka Rowe In the spirit of the MOVE conference held May 5-7 in Philadelphia to educate the public about the MOVE organization, I will like to expound on the U.S. government sanctioned attacks on MOVE within the larger context of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) campaign of harassment, murder, frame-ups and imprisonment […]

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle Part II

by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo From her vantage point in SNCC, Karen Spellman saw the birth of the modern Black Power Movement. She says “most Black people equated the concept of Black power with Black pride, Black consciousness, self-determination, controlling our own destinies and an end to repression.” Whites and conservative Blacks […]

Karen Spellman and the SNCC Legacy Project –Black Power Chronicle

  by BAR Editor and Columnist, Dr. Marsha Adebayo When did the “Civil Rights Movement” morph into the “Black Power Era” — or is that a false dichotomy. The best testimony on that question comes from those who participated in the process – people like Karen Spellman, an early activist with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating […]

NEW MUSIC: AMBIENT HIP-HOP PRODUCER JUS AND THE GREAT GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW CELEBRATE “BLACK POWER” ON ANTHEMIC NEW SINGLE #SOUNDCHECK

Melbourne-based artist Jus brings on Georgia Anne Muldrow and the crew at Soulvember Records to continue their unstoppable hot streak with their latest single “Black Power.” With contributions from Declaime, Roman Lee Norfleet, and Rob Milton, Georgia Anne Muldrow’s hook ties it all together. The song celebrates black power over an irresistible groove, and that […]

All power to all the people: the Black Panthers and the Rainbow Coalition

by CLAUDE WILSON  Note: I’d like to thank Jakobi Williams, a professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington who specializes in the Black Power and civil rights movements, and Hy Thurman, a member of the original Young Patriots and Rainbow Coalition, for contributing their invaluable insight and expertise to this column. Poverty, inequality, racism, gentrification, police […]

Damas!

By E. Ethelbert Miller How can they really dare to call me almost white when every part of me yearns only to be black – Leon Damas The term Pan-Africanism entered my vocabulary when Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) walked across the stage of Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University. The year was 1970. […]