Interview with Stokley Carmichael



I was almost certain that the Poor People's Campaign could not achieve its objectives. I was certain that it would be a failure. But I didn't see it in failure the way some people saw it, that everything will explode and there will be violence. No, I recognized that Dr. Martin Luther King through his history was capable of controlling all violent elements when he was in charge by himself of demonstrations, and certainly SCLC was in total command of the Poor People's Campaign. All other organizations that were working with them were certainly under them in strength, in influence, etc., etc. So I didn't see it but certainly I knew it would be a failure. All it meant to me was that Dr. King would have to readjust his policies and strategies and move a little bit more in a radical position, but I was almost certain of a failure.