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Special RelationsThe Americanization of Britain?$
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Howard Malchow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773997

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.001.0001

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Anglo-American Black Liberation

Anglo-American Black Liberation

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(p.161) Chapter 7 Anglo-American Black Liberation
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Special Relations
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.003.0008

This chapter covers the density of links between black America in a decade of dramatic change and Britain at a critical transitional stage from a society of white hosts and black immigrants to one marked by a second generational multiculturalism. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the inflicting figure of black America's twentieth-century martyr. The movement of King in the United States became a resource for British blacks campaigning for equal access to jobs and housing. Malcolm X called King “a traitor to the Negro race.” He was also denied entry to France and returned to London “seething.” There were faces and voices of black anger and militancy in the media and in print. The American Black Power movement did not resonate only among London's African-Caribbean activists.

Keywords:   black America, Britain, black immigrants, multiculturalism, Martin Luther King, Jr, British blacks, Malcolm X, American Black Power

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