African Liberation Day

Kwame Ture, born Stokely Carmichael, was an organizer and  long-time civil rights and justice advocate.  Known for coining the phrase “Black Power” when he was being interviewed as a leader of SNCC, Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, Kwame and I met at an Africa support meeting held at Howard University and teamed up to organize the first African Liberation Day celebrations.

We did a great deal of political work together in opposition to apartheid and in support of Africa; hunger and homelessness, anti-war, and employment for people of color.  We shared a love for and appreciation of people of color and a common determination to struggle against their plight.  We became friends in the early 1970s that ended with his death in the late 1990s after he had become an expatriate and moved to Guinea.  This picture was taken at Crampton Auditorium when he was last in the United States, raising funds to support his fight against the cancer that ultimately claimed his life.

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