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Black Camelot; African American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980 (USED)

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In the wake of the Kennedy era, a new kind of ethnic hero emerged within African-American popular culture. Uniquely suited to the times, burgeoning pop icons, such as Muhammad Ali, James Brown, and Pam Grier, projected the values and beliefs of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, and reflected at once the possibility and the actuality of a rapidly changing American landscape. In "Black Camelot," William Van Deburg examines the dynamic rise of these new black champions, the social and historical contexts in which they flourished, and their powerful impact on the American scene at-large.

Stepping out from all walks of African-American cultural life, these pop heroes, in their very diversity, symbolized both the breadth and the centrality of the Black Power message: sports figures embodied drive, ability, self-assurance, and the determination to succeed; vastly creative musicians--blues, jazz, and soul artists--challenged convention and celebrated diversity; and, bursting from the pages of pulp fiction or off the big screen, trickster hustlers, black revolutionaries, and superstar detectives displayed at once street-smarts and worldly wisdom, confidence, competence, and commitment. In all, this African-American heroic epitomized a grand and empowering vision; a multiracial society in which an individual's intrinsic human worth could be universally recognized and respected together with his unique ethnic identity.

Ultimately, Van Deburg argues, the pop medium and its new, heroes played for the black freedom a vital, cultural role, spreading its spirit and substance to a broad audience both within and beyond the African-American community, and offering the principles ofliberation, solidarity, and pride to those who might otherwise have remained estranged.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780226847160
Publication Date: 
1997-11-24
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