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        African American History Since the Civil Rights Movement | The African Americans

        In this media gallery, you will find a series of videos from The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross that examines the major movements and turning points in African American history from 1968 to the present, including the Black Panthers and the Black Power movement, Afrocentricity in culture, the rise of the black middle class, the development of hip hop culture, the effects of the War on Drugs, and the election of Barack Obama. As you view the videos, consider the legacy of the civil rights movement, the tensions that emerged from the progress made, and how they reshaped the African American experience.

        Black Power: Demanding a Brilliant Future

        In the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, the Black Panthers advocate armed resistance and self-sufficiency for African Americans.

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        Black is Beautiful: Afrocentricity

        Black Power helps create a new African American cultural identity which resonates throughout American culture.

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        The Rise of the Black Middle Class

        New political gains like affirmative action combine with changing social attitudes to nurture a growing African American middle class, but the government continues to fear a more extreme black nationalism.

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        The Limits of Rights: Economic Injustice

        Despite growing political power in the 1970s, African Americans continue to face daunting economic challenges made worse by the deindustrialization of their urban communities.

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        Casualties of the War on Drugs

        President Reagan's "War on Drugs" falls disproportionally hard on black communities as new mandatory drug sentencing laws put a generation of young African Americans behind bars.

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        Fighting the Power

        Hip hop gives voice to a new generation of African American youth disenfranchised from the American Dream enjoyed by a select few black celebrities.

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        Yes We Can: Obama

        Barack Obama's election to the presidency exemplifies changing attitudes about race even as institutional racism persists.

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