Kwame Ture, the founder of the Black Power Movement was born Stokely Carmichael in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Yep you read that right – he’s Trinidadian. But you probably already knew that once you saw his name on my page. I’m so transparent now.
He was the Honorary Prime Minister of the Black Panther Party and a leader of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP).
But before all of that he was just a boy. A boy who in High School participated in the boycott of a restaurant that didn’t hire Black people.
He did his undergrad degree at Howard University, a historically Black college, and in his first year there he became a Freedom Rider.
Freedom Riders organised to de-segregate interstate buses, trains and restaurants. They did this by buying tickets, boarding and sitting in “white” sections. He was arrested so many times he lost count.
He turned down a full graduate scholarship to Harvard and, following in the footsteps of Malcolm X, became one of the most popular Black leaders of the 1960s.
He had to flee to Africa in 1968 because the director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, identified him as a threat of becoming “America’s next Black messiah” and targeted him for personal destruction. He moved to Ghana and then to Guinea adopting the moniker Kwame Ture.
As a final interesting fact: He’s credited with coining the phrase “institutional racism” still in use today.
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