Interview with Stokley Carmichael
QUESTION 64
JUDY RICHARDSON:

What was it like from your point of view at the Free Huey Rally in Oakland in '68.

STOKELY CARMICHAEL:

Oh, the Free Huey rally represents a lot of things for me in the struggle. You know, ah, Malcolm X of course was lumpen proletariat, came from a criminal life and transformed himself to be a sterling revolutionary, where he in fact gave his life for his people's struggle. We should not assume that all people in lumpen proletariat who talk about struggle are Malcolm X. In this era, some people may, can talk about the Black Panther Party. In particular, people like Bobby Seale or Eldridge Cleaver. My excitement at the Free Huey Rally came from the potential that could exist from a merger between the lumpen proletariat and the intelligentsia, the revolutionary intelligentsia about people in America which SNCC represented.

JUDY RICHARDSON:

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