By the mid-1960s many civil rights campaigners were becoming frustrated and impatient at what had been achieved through the use of non-violent methods. Stokely Carmichael was one of these campaigners.
Carmichael joined the Student Non-violent Co-ordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 and took part in the Freedom Rides.
He believed that black people needed to take control of their own future by using their right to vote.
In March 1965, he went to Lowndes County in Alabama, to urge black Americans to register to vote.