Historians, activists ponder role of black power

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - In the city where the first shots were fired in a bloody civil war that freed millions of slaves, historians, activists and ordinary folks will discuss the legacy of black power and what it means today.

The event at the College of Charleston's Avery Research Center for African-American Studies will explore both the history of the black power movement and what it may mean now.

The conference opening Thursday will consider issues including black power in the military and education.

The center's director, Patricia Williams Lessane, says issues facing blacks such as poverty, access to health care and social justice may be even tougher to deal with now than in decades past.

She says many people have the false idea of a post-racial society in which the playing field has been leveled. She says that is not the case.

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