In 1966 Carmichael was elected national chairman of the SNCC. Shortly afterwards, he used the slogan ‘Black Power’ for the first time and had several aims:
In 1967 Carmichael co-wrote the book, Black Power. Some civil rights campaigners accused him of promoting anti-white racism in the book.
He eventually left the SNCC in 1968 and joined the more aggressive Black Panthers.