Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) & Stokely Carmichael in Oakland (1968): ‘We Have to Recognize Who the Major Enemy Is’

KQED News report from February 17th 1968 at the Oakland Auditorium, featuring excerpts from speeches on Black Power and African American self-determination by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) and Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael). These are delivered as part of the Huey P. Newton birthday rally, to protest Newton’s arrest and imprisonment in 1967. Al-Amin states that: “Unlike America would have us believe, the greatest problem confronting this country today is not pollution and bad breath. It’s black people! … You see that’s just one of the big lies that America tells you and that you go for because you’re chumps!” Ture instructs the audience that: “We must first develop an undying love for our people … an undying love as is personified in brother Huey P. Newton … If we do not do that, we will be wiped out.” Opens with a brief glimpse of Al-Amin, Ture and James Forman on-stage together. It should be noted that Al-Amin was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); Forman was the international affairs director of SNCC and the group’s former executive secretary and Ture was the former chairman of SNCC, who, during this rally, was appointed as the honorary prime minister of the “Black Nation” (the Oakland-based Black Panther Party (BPP).

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