Interview with Stokley Carmichael

Tell me about the Free Huey Rally.


The Free Huey Rally in February of 1968 represents of course a watershed in the struggle. It helps bring the struggle out of the South putting it clearly outside of the confines of the South, the North, geographically speaking here the West but politically speaking, the, out of the South and North. And here you were able to see a combination of youthful brothers and sisters who would for other reasons be involved maybe in gangs coming here to put their energies towards political work for the liberation of their people. At the same time you had experienced strugglers those in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, who had been seasoned strugglers and those who, unlike the majority of the members of the Black Panther Party, had acquired great intellectual skills. And unlike many of their counterparts, used these skills for the benefit of the people. So you had at the Free Huey Rally a blending of if you will, just in street vernacular, school brothers and brothers on the block, school sisters and sisters on the block, coming together to try and put their organizations in a coalition for higher struggle against the enemy.