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Carmichael, Stokely

Born: 1941 AD
Died: 1998 AD
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Activists

1941 – He was born this year in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.


1952 – He moved with his family in New York this year.


1960 – He attended the Bronx High School of Science, a specialized public high school for gifted students, from which he graduated in this year.


1964 – He participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer, serving as a regional director for SNCC workers and helping to organize the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.


1966 – He became the Chairman of SNCC.


1967 – He stepped down as Chairman of SNCC, and Brown replaced him. He attempted to clarify his politics by writing the book Black Power this year with Charles V. Hamilton and became a strong critic of the Vietnam War.


1968 – He unsuccessfully attempted to merge the Black Panthers and SNCC; Carmichael was made an honorary prime minister of the Black Panthers.


1969 – He soon began to distance himself from the Panthers , he and his then-wife, the South African singer Miriam Makeba, moved to Guinea-Conakry where he became an aide to Guinean Prime Minister Ahmed Sékou Touré.


1971 – He continued to travel, write, and speak out in support of international leftist movements and this year he collected his work in a second book Stokely Speaks: “Black Power Back to Pan-Africanism.”


1978 – He changed his name to Kwame Ture to honor African leaders Nkrumah and Touré.


1998 – He died of prostate cancer at the age of 57 in Conakry, Guinea.