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The Promise of PatriarchyWomen and the Nation of Islam$
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Ula Yvette Taylor

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469633930

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633930.001.0001

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The Appeal of Black Nationalism and the Promise of Prosperity

The Appeal of Black Nationalism and the Promise of Prosperity

(p.140) Chapter Nine The Appeal of Black Nationalism and the Promise of Prosperity
The Promise of Patriarchy

Ula Yvette Taylor

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the Nation of Islam conversion of activists Sonia Sanchez and Gwendolyn Simmons, after the assassination of Minister Malcolm X. Why political activists found a political home in the Nation post-1965 underscores how the Nation filled a vacuum as a Black Power alternative. Believers wanted the promises of wealth and protection, and the University of Islam evidenced the building of an independent Nation and it served to ground the movement’s teachings to children. Sonsyrea Tate’s schooling underscores how girls and teenagers were made into Muslim women for a Black Nation. The remaking of women into an Islamic womanhood at times clashed with revolutionary change.

Keywords:   Sonsyrea Tate, Black Power, Sonia Sanchez, University of Islam, Malcolm X

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