Black Power/Racial Battlegrounds

Black Power is a term coined in 1966 by Stokely Carmichael to encourage the uniting of Black Americans behind the ideas of racial solidarity and political action in their fight for equality. The Black Power movement resulted in the founding of numerous organizations, such as the Black Panther Party, which developed into the militant wing of the Civil Rights movement. They were instrumental in the uprisings in the cities of Detroit, Newark, and Los Angeles during the late 1960s.

Fires burning on July 24, 1967, during the uprising of African Americans in Detroit (top); National Guardsmen in an armored vehicle on the streets of Detroit during the uprising (middle); an African American man standing in the doorway of a burned building in Detroit on July 27, 1967 (bottom).

Images from the collection of The Virtual Motor City: (c) 2003 Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University. All images associated with the Virtual Motor City Collection are protected by United States copyright law. Duplication or sale of all or part of any of the data or images is not permitted without consent of the copyright holder. 1) ID5408, 2) ID77239_4 and 3) ID5413.

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