Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Black Power Encyclopedia: From "Black Is Beautiful" to Urban Uprisings

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Black Power Encyclopedia: From "Black Is Beautiful" to Urban Uprisings

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Black Power Encyclopedia: From "Black Is Beautiful" to Urban Uprisings. Edited by Akinyele Umoja, Karin L. Stanford, and Jasmin A. Young. Movements of the American Mosaic. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2018. 2 vols. Acid-free $189. (ISBN 978-1-4408-4006-7). E-book available (978-1-4408-4007-4), call for pricing.

The Black Power Movement was largely a youth-led effort that broke from past thinking and methods of confronting American society and marked an important evolution in how African Americans continued their struggle in the wake of hard-fought landmark legislation such as the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. There is no shortage of reference works on the Civil Rights Movement and African American history in general that include entries on facets of the Black Power Movement. Even subsets of the movement have reference works dedicated to a topic, such as Asante and Mazama's The Encyclopedia of Black Studies (Sage, 2005). However the encyclopedia under review, covering roughly the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, appears to be the only work dedicated to coverage of the entirety of the Black Power Movement.

The work consists of over 150 well-written and researched entries on major people, groups, events, and other relevant categorical topics from "Assassinations" and "Black Power Abroad" to "Kiswahili" and "Reparations. …

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