Whatever methods they have used to combat American racism, African-Americans have struggled throughout history with the often contrasting ideologies of racial integration versus racial separation. Whether seeking to integrate themselves into the American mainstream, or separate themselves from the racist forces that threaten to keep them down, African-Americans have made a constant effort throughout history to preserve a racial identity within the context of their American reality. In looking at the period after the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education to the Urban rebellions of 1965, evaluate this statement. Discuss the various strategies employed during the “freedom movement” period between 1954-1965. How does the Black Power movement address this question?
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