Annual American Studies Lecture
Sun 20 October 2019 17:30-19:00
Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 2
For the 18th Annual American Studies Lecture, Professor Leonard Moore (University of Texas at Austin) will examine the 1972 National Black Political Convention and the Decline of Black Power.
For three days in 1972 in Gary, Indiana, eight thousand American civil rights activists and Black Power leaders gathered at the National Black Political Convention, hoping to end a years-long feud that divided black America into two distinct camps: integrationists and separatists. While some form of this rift existed within black politics long before the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, his death - and the power vacuum it created - heightened tensions between the two groups, and convention leaders sought to merge these competing ideologies into a national, unified call to action. What followed, however, effectively crippled the Black Power movement and fundamentally altered the political strategy of civil rights proponents.
The lecture is followed by a drinks reception.