|Kwame Ture Work-study Institute and Library|
|Conakry, Guinea-Monday, April 26, 1999|
Howard University in Washington, DC will award an honorary Ph.D. posthumously, to Kwame Ture, formerly known as Stokely Carmichael, at its 131st Commencement Convocation on May 8, 1999.
Kwame was born in Trinidad, and lived in the United States and Guinea. He traveled to 70 countries in the world. For four decades, he actively worked with the student, civil and human rights, national liberation, Pan-African, socialist and peace movements. He was an organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), the Lowndes County Freedom Organization (LCFO), Black United Front (BUF), the Movement to take Kwame Nkrumah Back to Ghana, the Democratic Party of Guinea (PDG-RDA), and the All-African People's Revolutionary Party. He made his transition on November 15, 1998 in Conakry, Guinea, his eternal home.
Mrs. Mable Carmichael, Kwame's 80-year old mother, will receive the honorary degree on his behalf. Howard University's television and radio stations will cover the ceremony live.
Later that evening, Mrs. Carmichael will be hosted at a community gathering to celebrate this prestigious honor at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 9th and S Streets NW, in Washington, DC at 7:00 p.m. This gathering is being organized by Jonathan Hutto and Randy Short, the Howard University Student Trustees who placed Kwame's name in nomination for the degree, Rock Newman, the All-African People's Revolutionary Party, the Howard University Faculty Senate, the Howard University Student Government Association, and a host of other organizations and activists. Rock Newman will serve as the Honorary Chairperson of this gathering. The event is free, and everyone is invited to attend.
Mrs. Carmichael will take this opportunity to express her thanks to the People and the Movement for the tremendous support, encouragement and love that they gave to Kwame over the past four decades. She will extend her families sympathy to all present, because she knows that they too have suffered a great loss. She will express her desire to stay in touch with everyone of Kwame's extended family, as she is leading a worldwide effort to build, in fulfillment of Kwame's final wishes, a Work-Study Institute and Library in his name in Conakry, Guinea, and would very much appreciate their help and support.
She will also ask all individuals and organizations who have correspondence from, or photographs, audio or video tapes, films, books, thesis, dissertations, newspaper and magazine articles, or other memorabilia by or about Kwame, to donate a copy to the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library, so that they can be housed in Conakry with his works. Financial contributions would be greatly appreciated.
Please send all materials, donations and/or tax-exempt contributions to the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library, c/o the Black United Fund of Illinois, 1809 East 71st Street, Chicago, IL 60649. Telephone: (773) 324-0494. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kwame was many things to many people, however, we can all agree that he was honest, committed and dedicated to, relentless and self-sacrificing in the struggle. The spirit of Kwame lives on. His work, study and struggle will never die. In the name and spirit of Kwame we will organize, organize, organize, and always stay ready for the revolution.
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