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He occasionally came home, slept for a couple of hours, showered and changed clothes, and then returned to the streets. As the fighting became more intense, the National Guard and then the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army were called in to suppress the violence, which began with burning and looting and escalated into sniping and guerilla warfare tactics against the police. The children of my neighborhood watched as army jeeps with big machine guns mounted on the back patrolled our streets often pointing their guns at us and while calling us names.
Joseph (2006a, p. 2) recounts: In the sweltering Mississippi heat, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activist Willie Ricks regaled his friends with tales of the growing militancy of southern blacks. ” On June 16, reacting to police harassment against demonstrators, Carmichael introduced the slogan “Black Power” to the black freedom struggle . . What we gonna start saying now is Black Power! As the crowd chanted “Black Power” in unison, the rhythmic call and response between speaker and audience electrified some, frightened others, BLACK POWER 29 and marked a turning point for the African American freedom movement .
The children of my neighborhood watched as army jeeps with big machine guns mounted on the back patrolled our streets often pointing their guns at us and while calling us names. Detroit was a center for black revolutionary nationalism with a variety of organizations operating in the city including RAM (Revolutionary Action Group), the Black Panthers, and others. Many of their activists were suspected of fighting in the rebellion and it was never clear to me what my parents’ relationship was with many of those activists because some of them had been in our house.
Amiri Baraka and the Congress of African People: History and Memory by Michael Simanga (auth.)