People of Color Living in America’s Rural Spaces Face Constant Erasure

By Holly Genovese, Teen Vogue

In 1966, activist Stokely Carmichael popularized the term “Black Power” while organizing in rural Mississippi, though the term is now almost exclusively associated with the Northeast and West Coast. I’m a teaching assistant, and this surprises my students because Black Power activism has become so closely tied with the coasts, major cities, and the non-South. (Even scholars of Black Power tend to write stories set in the Northeast and West Coast.) But 10.3 million people, one-fifth of rural America, are people of color.

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