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Oral History

How Stokely Carmichael Betrayed the Movement

Stokely Carmichael’s cry for Black Power in ’66 was a cry of frustration. It did not have planning behind it, and in some ways I feel Stokely — whom I loved, whom I liked a good bit personally in 1960 when I first met him — betrayed the movement. That’s Rev. James Lawson on the […]

Charles Sellers: From the Freedom Rides to the Free Speech Movement

While working on my book, I started to think about the connections between the sit-ins and the Freedom Rides with the Free Speech and anti-war movements that followed – all student-powered, often student-led, almost always at odds with if not in defiance of establishment allies. When I met Freedom Rider Charles Sellers, I met a […]

Why ‘Kayo’ Hallinan Wasn’t a Freedom Rider

The Freedom Rides were a model of several management principles en vogue, at least until recently, in the new economy. The Riders were strategically nimble, adeptly abandoning their original destination of New Orleans to pursue “jail, no bail” in Jackson. They employed just-in-time inventory controls: within a day or two of their arrival in one […]

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