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H. Rap Brown and the rise of violence in the U.S. civil rights movement

The Story


It was during "the long, hot summer" of 1967 that the slogans "black power" and "burn, baby burn" emerged as rallying cries of advocates for using violence to achieve the equality long denied to the black population of the United States. CBC television's Newsmagazine reporter Knowlton Nash tells the story of this revolution through interviews with key players and film footage of some of the events of that July.

Medium: Television
Program: Newsmagazine
Broadcast Date: July 31, 1967
Guests: James Farmer, Dick Gregory, James Meredith, H. Rap Brown, John Torrien, Nathan Wright, Martin Luther King, Don Watts
Reporter: Knowlton Nash
Duration: 28:09

Did You know?


• H. Rap Brown, interviewed here about  the change of direction in the movement, was arrested for inciting a riot in Cambridge, Md., after he told a protest group of about 400 that "it's time for Cambridge to explode".  On July 26, 1967, the Globe and Mail reported that the rioting that night involved about 1,000 people and resulted in the destruction by fire of about 12 buildings, including a school.  Brown later changed his name to Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin while he was serving time in prison for an armed robbery.  He later shot two police officers, killing one, when they attempted to arrest him on theft charges in 2000. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the shootings.

• Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot wrote the song"Black Day in July" about the 1967 Detroit riots.


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