dc ♥ stokely carmichael
I picked up Peniel Joseph's Stokely: A Life (2014) from the library today. I'd been wanting to read it for awhile in order to get a better handle on Carmichael's presence and activism in DC. I knew that he was a student at Howard and active in NAG (Nonviolent Action Group) in the early 1960s. But I didn't have a handle on his life in DC in 1968.
This is what I've learned so far:
1. Carmichael had an apartment in the city that he had kept since his days @Howard. But I don't yet know the address.
2. he and Miriam Makeba were married on 29 April at Calloway United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA. They were married by Rev. Douglass E. Moore, who I believe is the same person who served on the City Council during the first years of home rule.
3. Carmichael and Makeba rented a house on 16th Street, the Gold Coast. I don't yet know the address. An FBI memo, "Stokely Carmichael-Counter-Intelligence Program," dated 9 July outlined plans to discredit Carmichael through targeted misinformation, including fabricating and disseminating the lie that they purchased a $70,000 home in the Gold Coast.
4. On 18 June, the couple attended a party at the Guyanese Embassy in DC.
5. Carmichael was part of a contingent that welcomed and feted Olympic athlete, John Carlos, at Federal City College (UDC) and Howard. According to Joseph, FCC suspended classes to honor him.
6. Carmichael was a speaker at "Towards a Black University Conference,"@Howard in November.
I will report back as I learn more.