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Black Power Exhibition Resource Guide: Black Power International

Resources to complement the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's "Black Power!' exhibition (2017). Guide by Amanda Belantara.

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Black Power activism erased national boundaries as its strategies and tactics proved adaptable in a variety of circumstances. Black Power became global, part of narratives of commerce, migration, imperialism, and cultural exchange. It was an international movement that, in voicing common elements within the experiences of African and African-descended diaspora peoples, provided a framework that helped define their grievances and goals. Additionally, it supplied a vocabulary, though spatially and culturally removed from the conditions of African diaspora life, and engaged in struggles with different objectives, found meaning in the interpretations conceived through Black Power’s set of values and practices. Black Power’s legacy is the ongoing history of the worldwide determination to contest all forms of domination and injustice.

-Brenda Gayle Plummer,

University of Wisconsin-Madison



The Pan-African Festival of Algiers by William Klein

The First Pan-African Cultural Festival took place in Algiers in July 1969 and gave rise to a collective film directed by William Klein. This film takes the form of an essay which gives coherence to a huge range of visual materials: posters, photographs, drawings, archive footage of African anti-colonial struggles as well as sequences taken from the 1969 festival, such as interviews, rehearsals, concerts and speeches.

—Olivier Hadouchi, ‘African culture will be revolutionary or will not be’: William Klein's Film of the First Pan-African Festival of Algiers (1969), Third Text  Vol. 25, Issue 1, January 2011