WILLIE RICKS SPEAKS AT UHURU HOUSE02/23/04
WILLIE RICKS SPEECH
Since the 1950Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s the phrase Ã¢â‚¬Å“Black PowerÃ¢â‚¬? has been a rallying cry for African-Americans and others with African roots, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a call for black people to have the power to control their own lives. The concept of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Black PowerÃ¢â‚¬?, and the phrase itself became part of an ideological split between leaders like Martin Luther King Jr, who stressed non-violence, and other black leaders, who were calling for more aggressive action to end the legalized racism practiced by the US government and law enforcement agencies. In 1966, civil rights leader Willie Ricks, along with Stokey Carmichael, began using the words Ã¢â‚¬Å“Black PowerÃ¢â‚¬? in speeches, making it an important part of the civil rights struggle. Ricks spoke on Sunday at the Uhuru house in St Petersburg as part of African MartyrÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s day. WMNFÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mitch Perry was at the Uhuru house; hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a segment of Ricks' Speech, detailing some of the challenges faced by black people in the south who were trying to gain equality.