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Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead - From Black Power to Black Lives Matter

  • Phelps-Stokes 212 Chestnut Street Berea, KY, 40403 United States (map)
 Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead - photo via

Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead - photo via

In the mid-1960s, Stokely Carmichael, the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, demanded a change in the rhetoric and strategy of the Civil Rights Movement by introducing the term “Black Power.”

Less than fifty years later, as a direct response to police brutality, “Black Lives Matter” was introduced, both as a rallying cry and an organizing strategy. Dr. Whitehead, a Communication professor at Loyola University Maryland, traces the historical connections between the two movements and their roles in shaping civil rights conversations.

Co-sponsored with the Black Cultural Center, Carter G. Woodson Center, African and African-American Studies, CCC, and the Office of the President. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Convocation.