If you are in the movement, you have shouted this phrase from the top of your lungs! You have said it with Pride! So today, we bring you the man that shouted it first! Mukasa Dada, also known as Willie Ricks, sits down with Qri today and we discuss all things Black Power and Empowerment!
Within SNCC, Mukasa Dada became an organizer in Alabama and Georgia. His work involved preparing people for literacy tests and forming schools Freedom Schools. Later in 1966, he became a field secretary in Lowndes County and developed an alternative to the Democratic Party. This party was the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, which came to be known as the Black Panther Party. Also, during the Meredith March Against Fear in 1966, Mukasa Dada coined the phrase “black power” during a motivational speech to pull in more marchers. He is currently still very active in speaking about black empowerment around the world and has contributed to various publications regarding the movement.
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