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The Black Power Movement and American Social Work$
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Joyce Bell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231162609

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231162609.001.0001

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Institutionalizing Black Power

(p.171) 8 Conclusion
The Black Power Movement and American Social Work

Joyce M. Bell

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter revisits popular conceptions of the Black Power movement, considering its role in the development of black professional associational life. It explores the idea of treating the Black Power era as a transition period in race relations. The Black Power movement created interracial interactions in established integrated organizations, and was the prevalent organizing frame for African Americans seeking change within them. While the civil rights movement took significant action against racial discrimination, it had concerned itself primarily with access to institutions that had previously been closed to African Americans, which is not enough. African Americans had to mobilize Black Power ideas, norms, strategies, and tactics within various organizations in order to devise organizational structures that promote racial equality.

Keywords:   Black Power movement, Black Power era, civil rights movement, racial discrimination, racial equality

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