​November 15, 1998: Kwame Ture Died

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After two years of treatment at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) died of prostate cancer at the age of 57 in Conakry, Guinea.

Ture said that his cancer “was given to me by forces of American imperialism and others who conspired with them.” He also claimed that the FBI had introduced the Cancer to his body as an attempt at assassination.

After his diagnosis in 1996, he was treated in Cuba for his illness while receiving money from the Nation of Islam. Benefit concerts were held in Denver; New York; Atlanta; and Washington, D.C.,to help defray his medical expenses; and the government of Trinidad and Tobago, where he was born, awarded him a grant of $1,000 a month for the same purpose.

Stokely Carmichael (also Kwame Ture) was a Trinidadian-American black activist active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. He rose to prominence first as a leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC, pronounced “snick”), he also participated in Freedom Rides and later as the “Honorary Prime Minister” of the Black Panther Party. Initially an integrationist, Carmichael later became affiliated with black nationalist and Pan-Africanist movements. 

He popularized the term “Black Power”.

In 2007, the publication of previously secret Central Intelligence Agency documents revealed that Carmichael had been tracked by the CIA as part of their surveillance of black activists abroad, which began in 1968 and continued for years.

Read about Kwame’s legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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