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Saying It Loud: In Conversation with Mark Whitaker and Eugene Robinson

How the Call for ‘Black Power’ Transformed the Civil Rights Movement

New York, NY
  • Mark Whitaker
  • Eugene Robinson
Saying It Loud: In Conversation with Mark Whitaker and Eugene Robinson

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The Brennan Center is thrilled to announce our first in-person event in almost three years. Join us at the NYU School of Law for a discussion with Mark Whitaker and Eugene Robinson. After the program, attendees are invited to a book signing and reception.

More than five decades after some in the civil rights movement embraced a new slogan, “Black Power,” the phrase still elicits feelings of pride and urgency among those continuing the fight. Those two simple words transformed the movement from the nonviolent philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis in the turbulent and transformative year of 1966.

In his new book, Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement, journalist and author Mark Whitaker tells the story of the trials and triumphs of the Black Power generation. He takes us inside the movement and shows why the lessons from 1966 still resonate in the era of Black Lives Matter and the continuing battles over voting rights, identity politics, and the teaching of Black history.

This in-person conversation with the author will be moderated by Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist for the Washington Post and frequent contributor to MSNBC. On Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m., Whitaker and Robinson will speak about the momentous year and its enduring legacy.

In addition to the discussion, our return to in-person events includes an exclusive reception afterwards featuring a book signing, drinks, and light bites.

Produced in partnership with the NYU Law Black Allied Law Students Association

This event will comply with NYU’s Covid-19 safety precautions.

The program will not be live-streamed.


  • Mark Whitaker, Author, Saying It Loud: 1966—The Year Black Power Challenged the Civil Rights Movement
  • Moderator: Eugene Robinson, Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

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