Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)
The light shines tonight on Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael), a prominent organizer in the civil rights movement in the United States and the global Pan-African movement. He was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on June 29, 1941 and died November 15, 1998 in Conakry, Guinea.
He grew up in the United States from the age of 11 and while attending the prestigious Bronx High School of Science, he became an activist. In 1960, he enrolled in Howard University and joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Nonviolent Action Group. He graduated with honors in 1964.
In 1961, Carmichael was one of several Freedom Riders who traveled through the South challenging segregation laws in interstate transportation. For his participation, he was arrested and jailed for about 50 days in Jackson, Mississippi. It was Ture, who originated the rallying slogan “black power” in the 1960s. Ture was married to the famous South African singer, Miriam Makeba.
His books are available at:
Stokely Speaks: Black Power Back to Pan Africanism
Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)
Check out these articles for more information on his life and legacy:
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on behalf of the IMC, TTADC