The Black Power Mixtape

1967-1975

Edited by Göran Olsson, Featuring Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael

The Black Power Mixtape 1967–1975 is an extraordinary window into the black freedom struggle in the United States, offering a treasure trove of fresh archival information about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975, and vivid portraits of some of its most dynamic participants, including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael.

"We have much to learn from these visionary organizers who sought to redefine and re-imagine democracy, whose sense of empowerment derived from the belief that the people could be the architects for change." —Danny Glover, from the Preface

Includes historical speeches and interviews by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, and Angela Davis.

Includes new commentary voiced by: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley, Abiodun Oyewole, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, John Forte, and Questlove.

About the author

Born in Sweden in 1965, Göran Olsson studied film at university and art school in Stockholm and subsequently worked as a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. The Black Power Mixtape is his third feature film.

Video

Danny Glover and Kathleen Cleaver discuss the book on Democracy Now!

Danny Glover and Kathleen Cleaver discuss the book at The New School with Brian Jones and Michelle Materre

Documentary trailer

Reviews

"This powerful book linked to the poignant film is a grand contribution to our understanding of contemporary America."
—Cornel West

"The photographs are as raw and vital as the words themselves. With no pretense to being fine art, they do what photojournalism does best: give us a face for the disembodied voice that thunders across the page, the words we read with our eyes while they echo in our ears. We see the people whose words and ideas changed the course of the political landscape, forever burning bright in the sky, stars all one and the same. Whether it is a snapshot of a kid challenging the police in Brooklyn in 1968, taken from the vantage point of standing behind the cop’s right shoulder or a shot of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden, Dr. King, Harry Belanfonte, Coretta Scott King, and Gunnar Myrdal on the occasion of the awarding of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, we begin to see how it is, from the streets, staring down the opposition, a people rise."
L'Oeil de la Photographie

Praise for The Black Power Mixtape documentary:

"Addressing what might be thought of as standard historical and contemporary subjects with startlingly radical means... Göran Hugo Olsson’s “Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” is a collage of archival footage recorded in America, mostly by Swedish journalists, in the era of African-American militancy. The images, accompanied by present-day voice-over reflections from historians, rappers, artists and veterans of the era’s racial politics, offer revelations about events and personalities we thought we understood completely."
—New York Times

"If one of the roles of documentaries is to record and preserve history, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 admirably performs its duty. Assembled from extraordinary footage uncovered in the Swedish Television archives and augmented by contemporary audio interviews, the film presents a powerful reminder of the black power movement, often neglected, misrepresented or forgotten in this country. This is a film that should be seen by anyone who wants to learn where we’ve come from as a nation. The Black Power Mixtape is not a static, talking heads record of the past."
—Hollywood Reporter

"Some truly transcendent moments."
—Variety

"A brilliant work of socially-relevant art about race relations...a treasure trove of archival material, new music and stylish editing."
—POV PBS blog

"Truly remarkable."
—Amy Goodman