Like a river: The Million Man March and the black nationalist tradition in the United States

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Abstract

This article examines the Million Man March in the wider context of black nationalism, a persistent, though inconsistent, factor in African American life, enjoying wider currency at some historical junctures than others. Those periods when black nationalism resonated strongly among African Americans are called black nationalist moments, four of which are identified here. The Million Man March, with its heavy inflection of patriarchy and black capitalism, is seen as the iconic event of the fourth moment. The subsequent Million Woman March is pivoted as a more radical and activist rejoinder to the Million Man March, a response continued by the even more recent Black Radical Congress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-100
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Historical Sociology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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