Black Power

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:

  • African Americans should not wait to be given civil rights. Instead, they should develop their own communities with their own facilities, such as schools and hospitals.
  • Black people should meet violence with violence.
  • African Americans should be proud of their culture and heritage.

The video below shows Stokely Carmichael speaking to a crowd about Black Power.

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.