Black Power and Its Legacies

Curator's Notes:

“We been saying ‘freedom’ for six years. What we are going to start saying now is ‘Black Power.'” These words, delivered by Kwame Ture/Stokely Carmichael in Greenwood, Mississippi on June 16, 1966, marked an important shift and extension in the Black freedom struggles of the mid-20th century. This shift was a departure from a strategy of integration that relied on white acquiescence to a more radical pursuit of liberation invested in building power for Black people, which represents an extension of what Cedric Robinson coined the Black Radical Tradition. “Black Power!” became a rallying call for a global Black power movement that was about politics and self-defense, as well as education and the arts. This exhibition explores Black Power and its legacies by taking a journey through Umi’s participation in the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and 1970s and its impact on her life as an activist.

Photo of Umi in Columbus, Ohio in 1969.
  • Black Consciousness and Political Action
  • 1969 - 2014
Correspondence from Arthur, a Black man imprisoned at Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio.
  • Free 'em All
  • 1973 - 2018
From the independent Black student newspaper, Our Choking Times. Courtesy of The Ohio State University Libraries.
  • Malcolm
  • 1960s - 2000s
Pamphlet published by All-African People’s Union in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Education as Activism
  • 1968 - 2015
  • Livestream
  • The 5th exhibition launched with a livestream conversation between curator Su'ad Abdul Khabeer and Jihad Abdulmumit, Chairperson of the National Jericho Movement.
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