Stokely Carmichael By: nate ferguson

Background Information

  • Carmichael was born on June 29, 1941, in Port of Spain
  • He entered Howard University in Washington, D.C., and graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1964.
  • When Carmichael was 2 his dad left him with his grandma and immigrated to New York.
  • Carmichael was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1985
  • He died on November 15, 1988, at the age of 57

Civil Rights Movement

  • He joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
  • While at Howard, became a Freedom Rider, participating in the integrated bus rides into the South that CORE organized to confront segregation in interstate travel.
  • 1967, Carmichael broke with the SNCC, joined the Black Panthers, founded by Huey Newton and others, and became the group's prime minister.

His Approach on Civil Rights

  • He moved away from MLK Jr’s nonviolence approach to self-defense.
  • When he was 19 Stokely participated in the 1961 Freedom ride, he became the youngest person imprisoned for doing so.

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