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 reflected the trajectory of a generation radicalized by the violence and unrest of the late 1960s. Fed up with the slow progress of the civil rights movement, Carmichael urged blacks to turn the rhetoric of freedom into a reality, inspiring countless African Americans to demand immediate political self-determination. A nuanced and authoritative portrait, Stokely captures the life of the man whose uncompromising vision reshaped the struggle for African American equality.
Great Book about man of principles that core believes that never weavied regardless of advertity an example to humanity
Peniel Joseph has done an excellent job of telling the story of Stokely Carmichael's life. He summarizes the Carmichael was third iconic leader of the Movement along with Malcolm and King. From his politics being shaped in NY to Howard to SNCC.to the Panthers to Africa and beyond, it's all there. Joseph contextualizes his transitions so well.
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The content was quite good. The reader mispronounced a lot of words and sounded almost like a robot. I was tempted to return the book just due to the performance, but decided against it because of the story.
A brilliant review of dedication and love for his people. A story to be remembered.
so many lessons for the young organizer. the personal and political struggle is one to learn from
this was truly an amazing read I really learned alot great read can't wait for the next title