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Stokely Carmichael

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Net worth 2018: $900,000
Residence: Port of Spain
BirthDay: 29 June 1941
Sigh: Cancer
Died On: November 15, 1998
Education: Howard University, University of Toronto Mississauga, The Bronx High School of Science

Stokely Carmichael was bornon 29 June 1941 in Port of Spain, Trinidadian, American. Stokely Carmichael was among the frontrunners of the ‘American Civil Rights Movement’ in the 1960s. He vowed to fight racism at an early age and hence turned down scholarships to many reputed Universities to study in the historically black ‘Howard University’. In college, he seized every opportunity to contribute to the civil rights movement and joined organizations like ‘CORE’, ‘SNCC’ and ‘Freedom Riders’ to further his cause. Being an effective organizer with excellent oratory skills, he was entrusted with key activities like campaigns for registering black voters. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and was arrested numerous times during his protests. Initially, Carmichael was in favour of non-violent protests but as the government remained indifferent to his demands and the police brutalities also showed no signs of stopping, his patience exhausted and his approach became more radical. Following yet another unjust arrest, he announced his new philosophy of ‘Black Power’ to the world. The concept won him many followers, especially among the younger generation. However, it had its fair share of detractors too, who labelled the concept as a form of ‘Black Racism’. Carmichael continued his activism even after leaving the US. He is remembered today for his intense campaign against all forms of racism, hence heralding a new era in US history.


In 1980, he married Marlyatou Barry, a doctor from Guinea and fathered a son, Bokar Carmichael


In 1969, he quit the party because of their differing ideologies, left US and settled in Conakry, Guinea


Carmichael married famous South-African singer and civil rights activist ‘Miriam Makeba’ in 1968


From 1967 to 1969, he lectured in many regions of the US and wrote essays regarding black ideologies and pan-Africanism


In 1966, after activist James Meredith was wounded in his ‘March Against Fear’, Carmichael continued the march along with other notable activists, like Martin Luther King Jr


He founded the political organization ‘Lowndes County Freedom Organization’ in 1965 and chose the ‘Black Panther’ as its mascot, to symbolically oppose the ‘White Rooster’ mascot of the ‘Democratic Party’, dominated by white people


He remained active in the civil rights movement throughout his college years and graduated from the University in 1964, after which he began his work for the SNCC


In 1961, he joined ‘Freedom Riders’, a group that defied discrimination in interstate buses by boarding them


He graduated from high school in 1960 and received scholarships to many esteemed Universities, but joined the historically black ‘Howard University’, the same year


In 1956, he got admission to ‘Bronx High School of Science’, an elite and selective school, after qualifying through an admissions test


In 1954, his family moved to Van Nest neighbourhood in East Bronx

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