Soul hands clap in the 60s: history and African American poetry

Brenda Flanagan


Just as the modern Civil Rights Movement differed from previous ones in style and substance, the poetry of the 1960s, and especially the late 60s, offered a new way of talking, an especially noticeable sea change in mood, that was, I argue, a consequence of two sets of significant events: one, the 1966 "Black power" speech of Stokely Carmichael ( Kwame Toure) in Greenwood, Mississippi, and, in tandem, the deaths of Medgar Evers (1963), Malcolm X (1965), and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968).


African-American Poetry; History; Maya Angelou; James Baldwin


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