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Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism

This book is about Roy Innis
In "Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of Black Power Populism," published on February 15, 2017, author Nishani Frazier delves into the fervent era of the 1960s and 70s, a pivotal time when the slogan "BLACK POWER!" resonated deeply across America, signaling a transformative shift in the fight for racial and economic justice. This compelling narrative centers around the Cleveland chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and its evolution under the leadership of figures like Roy Innis. Frazier articulately explores how this group's embrace of black power ideals—such as self-help, self-defense, and community-focused economic strategies—challenged CORE's traditional nonviolent approach and interracial cooperation. As these activists gained national influence, their advocacy for economic populism over political engagement garnered significant support in Cleveland, marking a crucial turning point in the broader civil rights movement. Ideal for middle school readers, "Harambee City" offers a nuanced examination of the complex interplay between mainstream civil rights movements and the radical push for a more assertive stance on racial and economic issues. This book not only educates but also inspires critical reflection on the ongoing struggle for justice and equality.
Published by University of Arkansas Press on February 15, 2017
320 pages
ISBN: 9781682260180
Best for readers in Middle School
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