“This is the significance of black power as a slogan. For once, black people are going to use the words they want to use – not just the words whites want to hear…
The need for psychological equality is the reason why SNCC today believes that blacks must organize in the black community. Only black people can…create in the community an aroused and continuing black consciousness...
Black people must do things for themselves; they must get…money they will control and spend themselves; they must conduct tutorial programs themselves so that black children can identify with black children .”
- Stokely Carmichael
Born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1941, Stokely Carmichael was a major figure in the civil rights movement who introduced the term and concept of "Black Power" to the public. He served in major campaigns like "Freedom Summer," and led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.