Did the Hough Riot lead to: civil rights legislation.first African American mayor of a major American city.hundreds of deaths.the rise of Black Power movementI have been looking for this answer for...

Did the Hough Riot lead to:

civil rights legislation.
first African American mayor of a major American city.
hundreds of deaths.
the rise of Black Power movement

I have been looking for this answer for about an hour.  The first African American mayor is a very possible answer, but I am torn between that and the rise of Black Power movement.  Please help!!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It seems likely that your text must have an answer to this because it is a relatively obscure question and something of a subjective one at that.  You are right to narrow your thoughts down to the two that you mention, but I would go with"first African American mayor" rather than "rise of Black Power."

It is true that the Black Power movement arose not long after the Hough Riots.  However, Stokely Carmichael first used the term not at any event having to do with the riots but rather after the shooting of James Meredith.  The black history text From Slavery to Freedom, written by the eminent historian John Hope Franklin, does not mention the riots as a cause of the Black Power movement.  The Black Power movement simply has too many different causes and is not closely connected enough to Hough to say that the riots caused the movement to arise.

I think that it would be more reasonable to connect the riots to the election of Carl Stokes because his election happened in Cleveland, close in time and geography to the Hough Riots.

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