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Studs Terkel’s ‘Black Power’ Interview with Activist Charles Hamilton

As Chicago’s WFMT kicks off a campaign to bring the broadcaster’s legacy to the Internet, Colorlines has rare audio of his interview with the man who co-authored “Black Power: The Politics of Liberation” with Kwame Ture.

In celebration of Terkel’s legacy, Colorlines has obtained exclusive audio of his interview with Charles V. Hamilton, who co-authored “Black Power: The Politics of Liberation” with Kwame Ture (formerly known as Stokely Carmichael). The landmark book explores the concept of “Black Power,” defining it as “a call for Black people in this country to unite, to recognize their heritage, to build a sense of community. It is a call for Black people to begin to define their own goals, to lead their own organizations and to support those organizations. It is a call to reject the racist institutions and values of this society.”

Originally recorded on reel-to-reel, the conversation has been rarely heard since it aired in 1967. Listen in below.

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