A Life

eBook - 2014
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Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for ?Black Power" during a speech one humid Mississippi night in 1966. Carmichael's life changed that day, and so did America's struggle for civil rights. ?Black Power" became the slogan of an era, provoking a national reckoning on race and democracy.In Stokely, preeminent civil rights scholar Peniel E. Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, arguing that the young firebrand's evolution from nonviolent activist to Black Power revolutionary.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780465080489
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (425 pages)

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In a biography that captures Stokely Carmichael’s charisma and brilliance, Joseph traces his rise to radical activism as the voice of Black Power during the 1960s civil rights era.

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Apr 07, 2014

For guys who may only read one book a year - if that - this is the one book. Joseph is a fantastic writer. The 10 years of research show in this book. It was like a mini travelogue through history. Stokley meets Malcolm and works with Bayard Rustin. MLK has his phone number and calls him. He dines in the home of Condelezza Rice. Near the end of his days - Stokely gives a speech in New York. In the audience is a skinny kid with a funny last name from Hawaii (later Chicago).

I learned from this book. How RFK went from spying on MLK to giving one of the best eulogies after MLK's assassination mystified me. Joseph covers how the transition to make this happen began.

When Stokley died - all I knew was that he died. The photographs were sad. In his salad days he was the little cutie on duty. Yet the last photos of him showed a very haggard man. Through this book I learned that Stokely had cancer and had been searching for a cure. Added to that that the latter part of his life was spent as the recipient of protection from some of Africa's most sinister leaders.

Definitely worth reading.


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