Stokely Carmichael was born on June 29, 1941 in part of Spain, Trinidad. He moved to the United States in 1952 and attended high school in New York City. He entered Howard University in 1960, and soon afterwards joined the student Nonviolent Coordinating committee (SNCC). He also become a part of the freedom riders, and became chair men of the SNCC. Stokely delivered his famous “Black Power Speech”. He later joined with Charles V. Hamilton to write the book Black Power: the politics of liberation in America. He died of cancer on 15th of November 1998.
Something interesting about Stokely was a quote of his “the secret of life is to have no fear; it’s the only way to function”. This was interesting because, he has been arrested over 32 times and when he was part of the SNCC they had to practice nonviolent techniques. So I guess this is how they survived throughout all of this turmoil. Also the time Stokely was around was referred to as the “Black Power Era”. I thought it was so interesting how he was so different from every other black activist, because of how strongly he dealt with the native black culture and establishing a community exuding the white community.