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Carole Boyce Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038020

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038020.001.0001

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The Portable Black Self in Community

(p.46) 3 Caribbean/American
Caribbean Spaces

Carole Boyce Davies

University of Illinois Press

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.

Keywords:   Caribbean culture, Caribbean American, black political subject, youth movement, African American students, Black Power movement, civil rights

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