Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 835 pages
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By any measure, Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) fundamentally altered the course of history. Published at the fifth anniversary of Carmichael's death, this long-awaited autobiography fills a yawning gap in the American historical record as it chronicles the legendary civil rights leader's work as chairman of SNCC, patriarch of Black Power, Pan-African activist, and social revolutionary. It is an unflinching, searing, often visionary testament to the man's legacy and joins the works of Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and Nelson Mandela as a crucial and colorful contribution to contemporary history.

As in life, the Carmichael in these pages is the definition of charisma and determination. In sharp prose full of Carmichael's candor, wit, irrepressible sense of irony, and undying love for his people, Ready for Revolution relates with clear-eyed intelligence the epic struggle for human liberation in our time. Carmichael -- who in 1978 changed his name to Kwame Ture in honor of his mentors, the revolutionary African leaders Kwame Nkrumah and Sekou Toure -- recounts the course of his own experience and struggles, ranging from the prison farms and lynch mobs of Mississippi through the firefights and political intrigue of the African liberation wars to Black Power and Pan-Africanism. His transformation from immigrant child to impassioned activist is spellbinding. Populated with an international cast of luminaries, including James Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, Miriam Makeba, Shirley Graham Du Bois, Toni Morrison, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Ho Chi Minh, and Fidel Castro, Ready for Revolution captures, as few books ever have, the pulse of the cultural upheavals that define the modern world.

More than the sum of its parts, this book is the personal testimony of a supremely courageous and committed African-American freedom fighter, radical thinker, and warm and engaging human being. Regardless of whether one subscribes to Carmichael's politics and ideas, there is no denying the overwhelming influence he had on American lives and history. And his view from the eye of the black-struggle storm is invaluable.

  

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Review: Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)

User Review  - Kareem - Goodreads

Thoroughly learning about his early life -- his childhood, the influences he had growing up and how he got into the civil rights movement. I had know nothing about him before he got with SNCC. Also ... Read full review

Review: Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)

User Review  - Chamique Holdsclaw - Goodreads

Amazing read. I finished the book having a better understanding of the Civil Rights Movement!!! I highly recommend it. Read full review

Contents

Collaborators Note
1
Introduction
5
Ancestors and Roots
11
The House at the FortyTwo Steps
22
A Tale of Two Cities
44
A Better Neighborhood
60
Young Manhood
83
Everything and Its Opposite
110
Ten Dollars a Day and All the Sex You Can Handle
349
They Still Didnt Get It
382
The Unforeseen Pitfalls of Success American Style
414
Crisis Chaos Opportunity
439
The Roar of the Panther
457
Magnified Scrutinized Criticized
484
Black Power and Its Consequences
520
Around the World in Eighty Days
564

NAG and the Birth of SNCC
136
NonviolenceApprenticeship in Struggle
155
The Freedom Rides
178
A New Direction
216
To School or Not to School
241
The Hearts and Minds of the Student Body
250
Going Home
277
A Band of Brothers a Circle of Trust
297
Of Marches Coalitions Dreams and Ambulance Chasing
323
Mother Africa and Her Suffering Children
607
In That OP Brier Patch
639
Home to Africa
680
Cancer Brings Out the Best in People
728
A Struggle on Two Fronts
752
Postscript
783
Acknowledgments
793
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About the author (2003)

Stokely Carmichael died in Guinea in 1998. Head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, he was also honorary prime minister of the Black Panther Party and a bestselling author. Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the author of the classic novel The Harder They Come and numerous influential articles on politics and literature.

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