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'Everybody is So Hysterical and Panic Stricken...'

Grasping Black Power in the 20th Century

Thursday, April 28, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Public Policy : 105
Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams is an associate professor and the first black person ever tenured in the History Department at Case Western Reserve University. She is the founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at CWRU, and the founder and director of CWRU’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in African American Studies. In April 2009, she was awarded CWRU’s inaugural Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award.


James Baldwin wrote: "I have never known a Negro all my life who was not obsessed with black power."  And Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-NY) stated: "Everybody is so hysterical and panic stricken because of the adjective that precedes the word power -- "black."

So, what of this complicated term, "black power"? 

In her talk, based on her book Concrete Demands, Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams will examine some of the roots, routes, and expressions that have comprised the vigorous search for Black Power in the 20th century -- both before and after the familiar popularization of the term in 1966 -- and discuss why it's still relevant today.

* Reception at 5 pm in the History Department, 5th floor Fine Arts North Tower
* Talk at 6 pm in Public Policy 105
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