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A Voice That Could Stir an Army

A sharecropper, a warrior, and a truth-telling prophet, Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977) stands as a powerful symbol not only of the 1960s black freedom movement, but also of the enduring human struggle ...

American Cyclone

When Theodore Roosevelt entered national politics as the Republicans' nominee for the vice presidency in 1900, he was only forty-one years old. However, he had caught the public's attention with the popular ...

Black Power, Yellow Power, and the Making of Revolutionary Identities

Images of upraised fists, afros, and dashikis have long dominated the collective memory of Black Power and its proponents. The “guerilla” figure—taking the form of the black-leather-clad revolutionary ...

Martin Luther King’s Biblical Epic

In his final speech “I've Been to the Mountaintop,” Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his support of African American garbage workers on strike in Memphis. Although some consider this oration King's ...

Reggae, Rastafari, and the Rhetoric of Social Control

Who changed Bob Marley’s famous peace-and-love anthem into “Come to Jamaica and feel all right?”

When did the Rastafarian fighting white colonial power become the smiling Rastaman spreading beach ...