In the 1970s, the Black Power Movement presented post-Civil Rights America with an articulate and outspoken counterpart to the era of protest. This new movement was typified by frustrated attitudes towards the lack of systematic change and articulations of radical grassroots activism. One such pivotal group for this era was the Black Panther Party. Through notable Black Panthers like Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver, the Black Panther Party displayed bold and brash presentations of the Black Power Movement’s intrinsic qualities of reaffirmations of Black masculinity, Marxism, and militant grassroots activism. In the same era, these attitudes and ideologies were reflected in a new genre of film known as Blaxploitation. My research covers the history of protest-to-politics grassroots activism from the Black Power Movement and the intersection and reflection of the Black Panther Party in the critical Black film cycle of the same decade.
O'Laughlin, Peyton D., "From Protest to Politics to Moving Pictures: How the Black Power Movement Inspired Blaxploitation" (2021). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9518.
Cultural History | Film Production | Other Film and Media Studies | United States History
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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