SAN FRANCISCO, CA (WMC) - Beyonce sometimes receives criticism for not taking a stance on social issues. That was not the case during her Super Bowl halftime show, according to Dr. Noelle Trent.
Trent works at the National Civil Rights Museum. She said what the pop singer and her backup dancers wore during the Super Bowl halftime show sent an unmistakable Black Power message.
"Those women weren't just performing the song, but they were embracing their blackness, their culture and standing up in the spirit of the Black Panther Party," Trent said.
Trent said the performance was not just aimed at African-Americans. It's a message to the hundreds of millions of viewers from all different races and ethnicities to be proud of your heritage and culture.
"You are an American in those aspects of your culture and those aspects contribute richly to the American story and to the American culture," said Trent.
She said this ties in with the new generation of civil rights activists who are using new media and various other methods to advance the Civil Rights movement.
"We see a new generation taking on that fight in a new way," Trent said. "Social media is going to be a great way for those conversations to move forward."