The emergence of Black Power as a conscious vehicle to mobilize consciousness among African people has many individuals engineers and authors. First and foremost, the SNCC Chair of the time, Kwame Ture. SNCC's Black Power call was a very effective means to mobilize African people. It changed the whole nature of our struggle. And Mukasa had a significant role in this process.
In fact, Mukasa was so effective and efficient in the fulfilment of his assignment in support of Kwame's call for Black Power that it moved Dr. King to describe it this way:
"As we approached the city, large crowds of old friends and new turned out to welcome us. At a large mass meeting that night, which was held in a city park. Stokely mounted the platform and after arousing the audience with a powerful attack on Mississippi justice, he proclaimed "What we need is Black Power." Willie Ricks, the fiery orator of SNCC, leaped to the platform and shouted, "What do you want? The crowd roared, "Black Power." Again and again Ricks cried, "What do you want?" and the response "Black Power" grew louder and louder, until it had reached fever pitch.
"So Greenwood turned out to be the arena for the birth of the Black Power slogan in the Civil Rights movement. The phrase had been used long before by Richard Wright and others, but never until that night had been used as a slogan in the civil rights movement. For people who had been crushed so long by white power and who had been taught that black was degrading, it had a ready appeal."
Dr. King, "Where Do We Go From Here? Community or Chaos?"
We know that there are many among our own people even who never supported the peoples' revolutionary, militant resistance to exploitation and oppression. The contemporary conditions are in no way different, except for tactical and similar dissimilarities. They want us to shut up and just accept our status as "barely sentient beings"...as Malcolm said don't stop suffering just suffer peacefully.
To the extent that Mukasa has continued to agitate among our people, and especially among our student and youth, Mukasa is once again become a target, if you recall a few decades ago an unarmed Mukasa was shot by the police. I think most of you probably know about Morehouse College police brutally beating Mukasa within the last few years.
Mukasa as you also probably know has been hospitalized for colon cancer.
If you wish to contact him, you can do so you by phoning him at the Decab Medical Center in Atlanta at 678-777-4361 or 404-501-3468. Or write to him, the hospital address is: DeKalb Medical Center, 2701 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033.
Sister Najiyyah out of Ohio wanted us to have this additional contact info for Mukasa:firstname.lastname@example.org