0 SNCC, Black Power, and Stokely Carmichael


Kwame Ture, also known as Stokely Carmichael, (1941-1998), was born in Trinidad. He grew up in both New York City and Washington, D.C. Carmichael graduated from Howard University in the nation's capitol in 1964.

A member of the Nonviolent Action Group, (NAG), Carmichael also worked with SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He joined SNCC in 1960 and became Chairman of the group in 1966.

From 1968-1969, Carmichael served as the Prime Minister of the Black Panther Party. Stokely is credited with popularizing the phrase, "black power."

He was an advocate of the black power movement, a promoter of solidarity with Latin America, and a Pan Africanist (arising from Pan Africanism: the belief that Africa is one country despite the artificial borders created by the European powers who carved up the continent).

Carmichael compared his self described "black American revolution," to the Palestinian revolution. He criticized the intention of white liberals because of his interpretation of their refusal to embrace violence to impact change.

Stokely married the African singer, Miriam Makeba.