The 1960s experienced several waves of social movements. The Black Power movement of the 60s embraced political and cultural autonomy and power for black people in America. The Black Power movement did not seek to ask for respect from white Americans, but boldly and proudly demanded respect and true equality....
The 1960s experienced several waves of social movements. The Black Power movement of the 60s embraced political and cultural autonomy and power for black people in America. The Black Power movement did not seek to ask for respect from white Americans, but boldly and proudly demanded respect and true equality. Black Panthers were the members of one particular Black Power political group, the Black Panther Party. Black Panthers organized several survival programs for black people, such as the free breakfast programs for black children and alcohol detox centers located in low income black neighborhoods. Black Panthers also trained with guns and refused to be terrorized by white vigilantes and racist police. The U.S. government considered the Black Power movement to be a great threat and heavily surveilled the movement through the FBI counter-intelligence program COINTELPRO. The Black Panthers were incredibly inspiring and contributed to the serious reduction of white vigilante violence against black people. While police and the state continued to be a source of oppression for black people in the U.S., individual racist white people no longer held the power to terrorize black people as they had done for centuries.
Today, this movement for black liberation is continued through the work of present-day black liberation movements, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, Black Youth Project 100, Southerners On New Ground, Assata's Daughters, and the Huey P. Newton Gun Club. The black liberation movements of the past and current day are similar in their absolute dedication to the freedom of black people. While black power movements of the past struggled with entrenched sexism, strict gender roles, and issues with homophobia, the black liberation movements of today tends towards a broader lens of liberation. The current movements seek to center black women and queer and trans black people, rather than an organization run by mostly men.
Both the movements of the past and present have heavily focused on the severe issue of police brutality against black people and the disproportionate incarceration of black people.