The Time Has Come

After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens.

In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from "Freedom Now!" to "Black Power!" as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.

Chronology:
1963: Malcolm X is named National Minister of the Nation of Islam.

June 28, 1964: Suspended by the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X announces he is forming his own group, the Organization of Afro-American Unity.

February 21, 1965: Malcolm X is killed at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem.

May 3, 1966: In Alabama, the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), a new political body founded by local black leaders, is certified an official party when nearly half of all registered blacks vote for its candidates. LCFO's emblem is a black panther.

May 8, 1966: Stokely Carmichael wins election as the new chairman of SNCC.

June 5, 1966: In Mississippi, James Meredith begins his March Against Fear.

June 7, 1966: After Meredith is shot and wounded, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King, Jr., and two dozen others take up his journey.

June 16, 1966: As the Mississippi march moves on, Carmichael addresses a rally and sounds a call for "black power."

June 26, 1966: The March Against Fear concludes in Jackson, Mississippi.

Key interviews:

Ossie Davis, actor and friend of Malcolm X
Mike Wallace, CBS News reporter
Alex Haley, co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Stokely Carmichael, chairman of the SNCC

Additional Links

http://www.brothermalcolm.net/

http://www.interchange.org/KwameTure/

http://www.interchange.org/Kwameture/nytimes111698.html

http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/about_king/encyclopedia/carmichael_stokely.html

http://www.umich.edu/~eng499/concepts/power.html