Topic: Civil Rights/Black Power

  • The 1960s generation turns left

    The example of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement gave students a new sense of courage and confidence in struggle.

  • Putting their "bodies on the gears"

    The Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley 50 years ago was the first great struggle of the campus revolts of the 1960s.

  • When the whole world was watching Mississippi

    Fifty years ago, the civil rights movement embarked on one of its most ambitious campaigns yet: The Mississippi Summer Project.

  • A revolutionary in the auto plant

    General Baker was a troublemaker his whole life, particularly fighting for Black liberation inside Detroit's auto plants.

  • The man that Chrysler learned to fear

    One of the best-known figures from the Black workers' rebellion in late 1960s Detroit has died after a long illness.

  • Challenging Jim Crow schools: Then and now

    The Brown v. Board of Education decision 60 years ago was a landmark victory for civil rights--but schools today have become resegregated.

  • Struggling against Jim Crow North

    Close to 500 people gathered in Chicago to commemorate a barely known chapter in the fight for civil rights in the North.

  • The King cover-up

    There has been a concerted attempt to use Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to obscure his true role.

  • A critique that isn't about the book

    A recent review criticized Will Jones' book in an unproductive way and gave readers little sense of the book's virtues.

  • A Freedom Budget for all people

    The coauthor of a new book on the Freedom Budget put forward by Martin Luther King talks about its significance.

  • The marchers who made the Dream

    The hundreds of thousands of people who came to D.C. for the 1963 March on Washington made it the historic occasion it was.

  • Recordando ambos Malcolms

    Al igual que su abuelo Malcom X, Malcolm Shabazz murió demasiado joven, y con tanto por hacer.

  • The memory of both Malcolms

    Like his grandfather, Malcolm Shabazz died far too young and with far too much unfinished work in front of him.

  • Taking us to the mountaintop

    Martin Luther King's speech in Memphis before he was killed is a dissertation on history, humanity, love and revolution.

  • Rebellion at Attica

    The Attica prison uprising broke out in an era of mass struggles for Black liberation and racial justice around the world.

  • Uprising of the Black autoworkers

    The Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement was the most significant formation of Black workers to organize in the workplace.

  • Black Power in the workplace

    In the late 1960s, radicals took Black Power into the heart of American industry, triggering a national strike wave.

  • The Black Panthers

    No revolutionary organization of the 1960s and '70s era frightened the ruling class as much as the Black Panther Party.

  • The Black Power era

    The Black Power movement was a magnificent high point of African American resistance--one that inspired and shaped radicals for years to come.

  • Turning Black Power into Black capitalism

    In contrast to groups like the Black Panthers, one wing of Black nationalism defined "Black Power" in explicitly capitalist terms.

  • Urban rebellions and social change

    Far from being "pointless violence" the Black urban rebellions of the 1960s changed the direction of U.S. politics.

  • The politics of Malcolm X

    Malcolm X gave a voice to the rage of millions of Black workers at a time when they had no means of political expression.

  • The rise of the Black Muslims

    The ideas of the Nation of Islam, including Black self-defense, appealed to Northern Blacks in an era of growing discontent.

  • The legacy of Martin Luther King

    The same politicians who turned King into a heroic icon after his death opposed him in the final years of his life.

  • King's unfinished struggle

    Martin Luther King was assassinated in the midst of a struggle he saw as the next stage for the civil rights movement.