Stokely Carmichael was a true civil rights leader who formed the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Comittee (SNCC). He led many freedom riders and protests as well. Inspired by two African leaders he was close with, Stokely changed his name to Kwame Toure, borrowed from Kwame Nkrumah and Ahmed Sekou Toure. Kwame Toure united many people during his civil rights movements, he brought people together and used Sarvodaya to tackle topics that needed to be uncovered and fought for. He helped strive for those people who could not speak up, and inspired masses to be proud of who they are.

Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) Freedom Song
I am a revolutionary.
I fight for civil rights
for everyone
for my people
for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
We are all born free. All our lives they’ve locked us up

Our Grandfathers had to
Run, run, run
My generation’s out of breath
We ain’t running no more.

I will lead us to
I will lead us to
We have a destination
and that destination is
And yes,
I am ready for the revolution!


My Own Freedom Song

I was born in a warm season.
This is why I tend to be a warm person.
I try to lend a hand now and then.
Try to care about others.
That’s what I was born to do.

But I’ve found a new calling.
I face those who oppose my freedom,
My peoples’ freedom.
One day, say maybe even tomorrow,
I’ll have to face it head on.
I know that I’ll have others to face it with.
A struggle cannot be fought alone, because
Freedom is sought by all, not just a soul alone.

Therefore, to those who dream,
Dream on.
I will look for those who will unite
and charge ahead with full steam
towards the one goal we seek.
We will continue to clash those who propose
We will fight for those who are quiet,
those who were born without words.
There is a beacon,
far, far ahead.
That’s where we hear Freedom Songs.
So that’s where we’re headed,
Together, united, we won’t be defeated.