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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr - Black Power Defined Summary & Analysis

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Black people who were stuck in oppression needed to develop a power through organization and collaboration. This would develop black power. The activities of the previous decade showed the possible power available to those who join to overcome the years of injustice and discrimination. Ideologically, black people needed to continue to work toward justice through action programs, learning democracy through active involvement.

Negro people had an untapped economic power that was just beginning to be discovered. An important facet was their participation in unions. This power would increase as Negroes learned to participate in the leadership of the unions, and as they organized the service sector. The other newly used force was that of economic purchases. Boycotts of specific industries and stores resulted in more people gaining better and more respectable employment, increasing buying power. Black businesses and financial institutions benefited...

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