On this day May 16, 1966 Kwame Toure, then known as Stokley Carmichael became CHAIRMAN of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Commitee (SNCC)
The organization, started by students was one of the most important organizations of the Civil Rights Movement. Their focus was on sit ins, marches, and voter registration.
Carmichael became chairman after John Lewis (D-GA) stepped down to pursue politics joining the House of Representatives. Carmichael joined Dr. King to continue James Meredith’s “March against Fear” after Meredith was shot by a sniper. He was arrested during the March and upon his release gave the “Black Power” speech a term that would be used to label Black price and Solidarity for ages to come.