Williams, R. Y. (2008). Black Women and Black Power. OAH Magazine of History,22(3), 22-26.
Part of a special issue on the Black Power movement. The obfuscating and incomplete visual and historical narrative of the Black Power era is being shaped and enriched by research attuned to women and gender. Public attention in the late 1960s and 1970s and the history of the era are dominated by spellbinding masculine images of Black Power. However, black women were present at the launch of the Black Power movement and initiated significant internal and public debates about gender and Black Power politics. Scholarly essays and published memoirs document black women’s critical contributions to Black Power; how masculinism often relegated them to familial, reproductive, or supporting roles; and how black women occupied leadership positions, ran community based programs, contested misogyny, and accepted male dominance in the battle for liberation in Black Power organizations.
Full article can be found here: