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Nicholas SheldonNovember 20 2000Although Stokely Carmichael was not the first to use the phrase Black Power he was the one who made it famous Carmichael was a widely renowned man of his generation and the Black Power Movement and his presence in the fight for African American equality in the American mid 1900s is a role of unforgotten importance Carmichael achieved a great deal of celebrity was due to his severe criticism of Martin Luther King Jrs peaceful approach to the problem of racial segregation As chairperson of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee SNCC in the 1960s Carmichael advanced a militant stand on civil rights something the world had seldom seen from an oppressed group of people before The Story Inside the Life of Stokely CarmichaelA native of Trinidad Stokely Carmichael moved with his family to a mostly white neighborhood in the Bronx New York when he was 11 Carmichael graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1960 and four years later graduated from Howard University in Washington DC with a bachelors degree in philosophy In addition to studying philosophy Carmichael became involved in civil rights protests during his years at Howard He participated in demonstrations staged by the Congress of Racial Equality the Nonviolent Action Committee and SNCC He was arrested as a Freedom Rider in 1961 and served seven weeks in Parchman Penitentiary for violating Mississippis segregation laws Carmichael returned to the South after college and devoted himself to the organization of SNCCs black voter registration project in Lowndes County Alabama There he also founded an independent political party called the Lowndes County Freedom Organization that used the black panther as its symbol Carmichael became the chairman of SNCC in 1966 and he soon achieved national attention from the media in August of that year when he ended a speech with a call for Black Power Black Power soon became a rallying cry for black protests during the 1960s and 1970s and
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