Stokely Carmichael Research Paper

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Stokely Carmichael has been described as one of the youngest and liveliest activist of the Civil Rights Movement. Born on June 29 of 1941 in the Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, he remained there while his parents immigrated to America. Being immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago, his mother worked as a stewardess for a steamship line while his father worked as a carpenter by day and a taxi driver by night. Carmichael decided to join his parents in 1952 and by 1954 he and his family moved to an Italian and Jewish neighborhood. Later in his life, Carmichael realized how ‘Americanized’ his father, Adolphus Carmichael, had become. He rationalized that his father’s vision of the American Dream was something he would just be a fantasy he was chasing…show more content…
Due to previous experiences of racial oppression, his vison of non-violent resistance changed into a more radical one. Instead of accepting white members prior to his accomplishment, he made it clear that they were no longer welcomed into the SNCC. In June of the same year, James Meredith, a civil rights activist, was shot and severely wounded while he was in his “Walk Against Fear” tour from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. Angry at the death of Meredith, Carmichael encouraged the SNCC to continue his solitary walk. During this journey, Carmichael expressed his opinion by saying, “We been saying ‘freedom’ for six years. What we are going to start saying now is ‘Black Power.” (Biography Website). His famous saying of ‘Black Power’ ignited an epiphany among America. In his 1968 book titled ‘Black Power’, he explained the significance behind it. According to the text Carmichael explains, ''It is a call for black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for black people to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations.'' His saying was a calling for blacks across America to unite and conquer the oppression held against them for years. This act of resistance was different from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolence

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