History is often refracted through the narrow lens of those who own the cameras. To some, Black nationalist leaders of the 1960s like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael were menacing ideologues. To others, they were icons in the struggle against white supremacy. All emphasized the need to discover and uncover black history and connect the past with the present.
Stokely Carmichael was chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Prime Minister of the Black Panther Party. A charismatic speaker, his call for “Black Power” sent shock waves throughout the civil rights movement and the white establishment. In 1969, he moved to Guinea and changed his name to Kwame Ture. From his new base he advocated Pan-African unity. He died in November 1998 at the age of 57.