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  • By the late 1960s, the black civil rights movement began to move away from nonviolence and toward a more militant stance.

    Though organizations like the California-based Black Panthers came to symbolize this shift, the roots of change were in Alabama and Mississippi.

  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) leader Stokely Carmichael popularized the phrase "Black Power," during The March Against Fear, which wound through Mississippi in 1966.

    The slogan and idea of Black Power quickly took hold, and changed the whole tenor of the movement.

  • Visit PBS Black Culture Connection to read more stories about civil rights photographers and the images that changed the world.

    Words and photographs by Maria Varela

    Produced by Mirissa Neff

    Share your own story of standing up for something you believe in.

    (A partnership with the Center for Digital Storytelling).

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