Black Americans live everyday life with an array of negative stereotypes that hover over their heads. I did not fully understand the extent of this dilemma until my sophomore year of college when I was called an, “regular black boy,” by a friend. The friend is Ghanaian which show that there is imagery associated with black Americans. The Black Power Movement began in 1965 and is the moment in American history that allowed blacks to have a platform to voice their concerns about social issues. During this movement it was not enough to have America’s sympathy, rather black Americans wanted autonomy. Historians that write about black identity fail to develop valuable scholarship pertaining to American stereotypes and the origin. This IS will analyze the Black Power Movement impacted black American culture causing a surge of black consciousness and unity that resulted in the imagery of Black Power to reflected onto all Black Americans. Based off the imagery of Black Power Movement the “black American stereotype” was created and reinforced into American memory. This book seeks to provide a balanced background of the imagery of Black Power Movement while linking the imagery to the creation of the black stereotype.


Sene, Ibra




African American Studies


Black Power, Black, American, Stereotype, Stigma, Love, Hate, Race, Money, Food, Education, Protest, Free, Asian, White, Latino, Old, Young, Food, Art, Money, Autonomy

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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