Stokely Carmichael: “Black Power”

(1966)

On October 29, 1966, Stokely Carmichael addressed an audience consisting primarily of college students at the open-air Greek Theater at the University of California at Berkeley in a speech that has become known as “Black Power”—although he gave other speeches that stressed the same theme and sometimes have been referred to by that same title. Carmichael was a leading spokesperson for the American civil rights movement as well as for international human rights and the relationship between the two movements; he was also an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War. He had first become...

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Vietnam War protest in front of the White House (Library of Congress)

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