The Portable Black Self in Community
This chapter presents the author's account of how she came to consciousness as a Caribbean American subject. Her story begins in 1968, when Martin Luther King was killed during her freshman year in university. It was in a university in Eastern Shore, Maryland, in a close-knit community of African American students from the D.C./Maryland/North East Corridor that she came to a full understanding of herself as a black political subject in the U.S. racial context in the middle of the Black Power movement. King's passing in many ways captured the transition to a youth movement through which one could actually make tangible political claims beyond the meaning of civil rights.
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