Longtime friend and colleague of civil rights activist Stokely Carmichael to lecture and sign books Oct. 30

October 21, 2003

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.?Ekwueme Michael Thelwell will give a talk titled "The Origins and Significance of 'Ready for Revolution,' the Autobiography of Stokely Carmichael" on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. on the Middlebury College campus.  Thelwell, professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was a former colleague of Carmichael on the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee during the 1960s.  The author of the novel "The Harder They Come," Thelwell collaborated with Carmichael?a civil rights activist, Black Power advocate and Pan-Africanist proponent?on Carmichael's autobiography during his final years.  Immediately following the lecture, Thelwell will sign copies of "Ready for Revolution: The Life and Struggles of Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)," which Scribner will publish in November?five years after Carmichael's death.  Carmichael changed his name to Kwame Ture in 1978.

The lecture and the book signing will take place in Room 220 of Bicentennial Hall on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).  It is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Jessa Karki in the Middlebury College Office of Institutional Diversity at 443-5709 or

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