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Stokely Carmichael
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    (June 29, 1941-November 15, 1998)
    Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
    Head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (1966-67)
    'Honorary Prime Minister' of the Black Panther Party
    Wrote 'Black Power' (1967) and 'Stokely Speaks: Black Power Back to Pan-Africanism' (1971)
    Married singer Miriam Makeba (1968-73)
    Lived in self-imposed exile in Guinea (1969-96)
    Changed his name to Kwame Ture (1969)
    Growing up, he belonged to a gang, the Morris Park Dukes, and described himself as 'a wild aggressive boy, boozing it up and getting a kick out of petty theft.'
    After becoming head of the SNCC, he expelled whites from the organization.
    He said integration was 'an insidious subterfuge for the maintenance of white supremacy.'
    He broke with the Black Panthers because the Panthers made alliances with white radicals and thus were not separatist enough for him.
    When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he said it 'was given to me by forces of American imperialism and others who conspired with them.'
    He answered his phone with 'Ready for the revolution!'
    He broke with the Morris Park Dukes after he passed the admissions test for the elite Bronx High School of Science.
    He became a Freedom Rider while in college.
    He was arrested so often working as a civil rights volunteer that he lost count.
    He coined the phrases 'black power' and 'institutional racism.'
    The CIA admitted to putting him under surveilance as part of a program tracking black activists abroad (2007).

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