Kwame Ture, better known to most as Stokely Carmichael was one of the first leaders that sparked my interest in the true side of the Civil Rights Movement. Often in classrooms, television programmes, even amongst others who witnessed the growth and progression of the Civil Rights Movement the occurrences and information tends to be amended and even sugar coated. Stokely to me represented what some would consider the behind the scenes portion of the Civil Rights era.
Born in Trinidad, Stokely was raised in New York. As a high school he was heavily involved in the theory of the Civil Rights Movement which subsequently lead to joining the Student Non violent Coordinating Committee at Howard U, leading to a relationship with Dr. King. He became "popular" for being a freedom rider then later vilified for his affiliation with the Black Panther Party.
Stokely resonated to me because he seen what was happening and felt that reactions other than words were necessary against those against him and the movement. It says in the Qur'an that oppression is worse than slaughter; noting the idea of such a statement, Stokely eventually left the traditional thesis of Non-violence and embraced in my opinion a more rational train of thought. He acted as the Prime Minister for the BPP and wrote the article, "What We Want" dismissing the conceptualized idea of integration.
I think its important we place a spotlight on Stokely because the brother has seen both sides of the movement. He came from the highly publicized and accepted form of the movement with Dr. King and other non violent protesters to the more dismissed expression of Civil Rights with the Black Panther Party. While this is not a bio, I wanted to familiarize you all about someone who doesn't get much attention, even during black history month.