Kwame Ture (Formerly Stokely Carmichael) at UC Berkeley

I think this was Ture’s Black Power speech of 1966. It’s an excellent prelude to the book he co-authored.

Black power was a cry heard around the nation. After this outcry, Ture, SNCC, and CORE took major heat from conservative white folks, so-called liberal white folks, and the media.

The black community was divided to say the least. Some stood behind Ture and Black Power including churches and traditional civil rights leaders. Other’s thought that this cry for black power would destroy the so-called gains that had been made.

“Black Power” truly wasn’t a new concept in America, but in the context of the Civil Rights Movement and integration, it went against the grain. This speech is definitely important and should be listened to widely.


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