It is evident (hat we can be improved and elevated only just so fast and far as we shall improve and elevate ourselves.

—Negro Abolitionist Frederick Douglass in 1848

AFTER the slogan "Black Power" was chanted on a Negro march through Mississippi in 1966, it came to signify a new spirit of defiance at one edge of the campaign for civil rights. Among whites and moderate Negro leaders alike, the concept inspired fears of a procession of hot summers, a raging Negro separatist movement—and perhaps in the end a costly showdown between black...

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