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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 3 of 5

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  • The Series: As the country approaches the 50th anniversary of one of the most controversial, volatile, and important years in our country’s history, We the People of the United States of America find ourselves facing many of the same issues that led us to the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, the bloodiest year of the Vietnam War, screams of “the whole world is watching” at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, the floor of the Ambassador Hotel, and Black fists being raised in the air at the Mexico Summer Olympics. So much has changed, true. We’ve come so far, but in a lot of ways, we’re right back where we started and even further behind.
  • Part 3: The Revolution Will Not Be Instagrammed. How the ghost of Stokely Carmichael haunts modern social movements.

John Fisher, Medium

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https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1000/1*SxiDL0rsTFEY0qAByK9JrA.jpegStokely Carmichael and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo: Vanderbilt Special Collections and University Archives

Dec 19, 2017 | A little more than 50 years ago, on July 28, 1966, Stokely Carmichael, the newly appointed chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, screamed two words into a microphone at a crowded rally in Greenwood, Mississippi:

Black. Power.

Those two words would change Carmichael’s life and send the civil rights movement veering in a new direction. Until that moment, Carmichael had been a relatively unknown but successful community organizer, responsible for helping to register thousands of Black voters in Mississippi and Alabama. After that moment, he would become the leader of a movement that would spawn a new, more militant and radical approach to the issue of race by young Blacks in America and around the world.

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Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 2 of 5


Series | 1968 Reduxed and Revisited: Look How Far We’ve Come (That Was Sarcasm) — Part 1 of 5
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