The Black Power Movement
Teaching about the Black Power Movement can be challenging, but has rich rewards. Misconceptions about the Black Power Movement abound, but the ability to contrast their strategies and aims with the earlier Civil Rights Movement allows Social Studies teachers to discuss the complex ways that social movements evolve, change, and respond to the times. In addition, a study of the Black Power Movement helps give context for a broader study of the economic and political shifts in the 1970s and 1980s and the rise of identity politics. This teaching collection includes a variety of resources that could be used to teach about the Black Power Movement, organized into sections for:
-People in the Movement
-Goals and Strategies of the Movement
General guiding questions for this collection include:
-What were the distinct problems that the Black Power Movement tried to address? Do they remain today?
-What were the strategies of the Black Power Movement? Do you agree or disagree with these?
-Why and how do social movements develop and evolve?
-What defines a successful social movement? Was the Black Power Movement successful?
- Can a social movement survive beyond the demise of its leadership?
-What is the role of the arts in promoting the ideals of social movements?
This is a work-in-progress based on the digitized materials within the Smithsonian Learning Lab's collection--it is not meant to be wholly definitive or authoritative.