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Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement
  • Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 pm
  • Location: Online

Journalist and author Mark Whitaker explores the momentous year that redefined the civil rights movement as a new sense of Black identity expressed in the slogan “Black Power” challenged the nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. Deeply researched and widely reported, Saying It Loud offers portraits of the major characters in the yearlong drama, and provides new details and insights from key players and journalists who covered the story. It also makes a compelling case for why the lessons from 1966 still resonate in the era of Black Lives Matter and the fierce contemporary battles over voting rights, identity politics, and the teaching of Black history. Joining the author in conversation will be journalist Jonathan Alter. 

This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation.