On This Day in IUPUI History: February 13, 1978

February 13, 1978. 

On this day, social and political activist Stokely Carmichael (1941-1998) spoke on the IUPUI campus in Lecture Hall 101. The Black Student Union of IUPUI sponsored the event. Despite bitterly cold weather, a crowd of 300 attended. 

Carmichael gave an interview to the Sagamore, the IUPUI student newspaper. In it he asserted that racism in the United States had increased since he had left the country in 1968 to reside in Africa. He measured racism by noting increased African-American unemployment. He said he had returned to the United States in order to organize black people in an effort to destroy capitalism, which was both "vicious and stupid." The only resort for African-American people was to unite with the people of Africa in Pan-Africanism. He said that black people were ready for revolution, and that anyone who did not participate in the revolution was complicit with reactionary forces.

Stokely Carmichael in Lecture Hall, 1978 UA24-005623

To learn more about this event, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives speccoll@iupui.edu.

Updated Feb 13, 2019 by Editor Name Missing