Stokely Carmichael: The Freedom Movement In The Black Community

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Ever since slavery black people have been fighting for their freedom time after time and many different activists had different ways of expressing themselves to get their point across. But in the mid 1960s Stokely Carmichael had his own way of pushing freedom in the black community. He gave more awareness to the words “Black Power” as he was the leader of SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) but soon changed his approach once he saw nonviolent protesters were being brutalized in the South. He had a speech at the university of California in 1966 where he addressed this issue of freedom in the black community in which he challenged the “civil rights leadership by rejecting integration and calling on blacks to oust whites from the freedom movement.” Because of Stokely Carmichael the freedom movement for blacks was heightened and was taken more seriously by whites and by other blacks and is also a main reason for blacks having the freedom we do today. Carmichael appealed to majority of the college youth as he took…show more content…
He then moves on to the topic of white people should be the ones defending why they oppressed and exploited us and not blacks defending why they are in this country and defending their position before they come in the country… after all whites are the ones who took us out of Africa. He says the reason for the oppression the blacks received was due to their skin color and no other factor. Then Carmichael refers to Fredrick Douglas when he said “the youth should fight to be leaders today.” Which really helps people understand why Stokely Carmichael tries to appeal to the youth and goes to different college campuses, because he really feels as if the youth can have a great impact on the