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What short-term impact did black power and black radicalism have on the black civil rights movement in the period 1965-69?

Black power can be seen as having a big short-term impact as it changed the civil rights movement pushing it away from integration, to separation with a more superior black race. The main positive accomplishment for the movement was that it “raised morale of many black Americans” by giving a new found pride and improvement of black “Self image.” However, the movement was flawed, as it created a rift between the peaceful movements of the NAACP with the militant black movements being advocates of violence.
“One of the few areas of unanimity was the emphasis on black pride and black culture” as it provided a new outlet that helped “galvanise many young blacks.” This can be seen two years later as in Karriema Jordan’s school she saw how “everyone adopted African names” as they wanted to embrace their heritage and not be held back by the “physiological entrapments of white supremacy.” Verney supports this view as during this time, black Americans were seeking to “rediscovery their African roots… by adopting Afro-style haircuts and African dresses.” This showed that black people were not afraid to “embrace black nationalism” and for the first time show off their race and heritage with “new celebrations of blackness that had been absent from civil rights struggles.” It is clear from this, in just a short amount of time, how influential Black Power was on raising the spirits of black Americans and provided them with a new perspective that many arguably needed.
Black Power importantly addressed the issue of black Americans on a local level and through the Black Panthers; they provided “useful practical help.” In 1968, as the “level of economic deprivation was high,” Floyd McKissick, leader of CORE, believed that the “growth of black…...

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