Interview with Stokley Carmichael

Begin with Malcolm's ideas began to take hold.


After the 1962 debate at Howard University with the nonviolent action group, Malcolm's ideas began to take firm root inside of SNCC through NAG only in just one way of course, through other contacts. Probably its most systematic introduction into SNCC would come in Selma, Alabama where Doug and Tina Harris who were on SNCC's staff in Selma, Alabama at that time, through their contacts in New York would have every week Malcolm's speech from the Audubon taped and sent down to the Selma SNCC office where copies would be had and would be passed around within the SNCC staff people. So, working outside of Selma in Lowndes County, Bob Mants and myself were to insure that every week we would get that tape and we would play Malcolm X throughout the week inside of Lowndes County. Of course you know it was here that he was invited by Silas Norman who was then our project director before I went to Alabama. This would—January of 1965, just before the Selma march. He was invited by SNCC to come in. So, I think he also has a profound effect upon SNCC because John Harris and, John Harris goes with and—