* Black Power is a phrase that has instilled both pride and hope
*into the souls of black people, while simultaneously striking fear into
*the hearts of whites. ‘No two words in contemporary American society have
*been more controversial or misunderstood than Black Power’ (Fager, cover).
*This “misunderstanding” is what made the Black Power Movement so receptive
*among African-Americans, but threatening to whites.After
*African-Americans became disenchanted with the Civil Rights Movement, a
*new concept rose to the forefront of black ideology.The Black Power
*Movement began to reshape black consciousness during the mid-sixties, and
*left an everlasting impression on American society.According to Maulana
*Karenga, The Black Power Movement can be ” divided into three basic
*tendencies or thrusts: 1) the religious thrusts; 2) the cultural thrust;
*and 3) the political thrust” (Karenga, pg.172).These three thrusts
*united a mass of black people, who shared a common struggle, common
*concerns, and a common consciousness.Throughout this paper I will
*explore these indispensable components of The Black Power Movement,
*focusing on each ones theories and contributions to the struggle for
*economic, political, and social change.
* The strong religious content within the Black Power Movement is
*what really allowed this social movement to appeal to the masses.Without
*this religious element, it is very difficult to assembly a mass movement.
*A key component in the Movements success was its redefining of the current
*world order and providing a moral justification for the struggle.At the
*forefront of this new perspective was both Christian and Islamic
*leadership. The most vocal religious leader during The Black Power
*Movement was the Nation of Islam’s’ Malcolm X.Malcolm preached Elijah
*Muhammads bold gospel, which painted God black and labeled
*African-Americans as Gods cho…