Interview with Stokley Carmichael
QUESTION 1
JUDY RICHARDSON:

Can you talk about Malcolm X ands how he influenced you. What effect did he have on you?

STOKELY CARMICHAEL:

Well, that takes me back quite a bit, you know, uh. We had quite some problems with Howard University, with the administration of students. Ah, they had stifled a lot of intellectual activity which could help to, ah, liberate the minds of the students. And, ah, create the type of activities that we needed as student activists. And we thought then of putting together a project called, the Project Awareness. And we wrote the Project Awareness proposal, Michael Thelwell[SIC] at that time was, ah, with the school newspaper I think it was called the Hilltop. And he was also part of our group. And, ah, we wrote up a big, intellectually sounding, flowing project to bring people to debate with ideas, to bring stimulus to the university. And the administration was so happy, they agreed to it. Because, you know, they said, Finally they're going to leave all this problems of activism and come and do some real intellectual and academic work. So they signed it. And Thelwell sent out a press release to, I think, the Washington Post and other newspapers and also, ah, some news releases to the, ah, universities, George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University. And they got some comments and they all said, Howard is doing this. So the Washington Post even ran a big story on Howard, the administration how liberal they were.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

OK.

STOKELY CARMICHAEL:

I'm coming to it.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

I know you're getting there.