H. Rap Brown

Civil Rights Figure in the 1960s.

Bio info from Wikipedia, 1/13/2017:

H. Rap BrownJamil Abdullah Al-Amin (born Hubert Gerold Brown, October 4, 1943), also known as H. Rap Brown, was the fifth chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, and during a short-lived (six months) alliance between SNCC and the Black Panther Party. He served as their minister of justice. He is perhaps most famous for his proclamations during that period that “violence is as American as cherry pie” and that “If America don’t come around, we’re gonna burn it down.” He is also known for his autobiography Die Nigger Die!. He is currently serving a life sentence for murder following the 2000 shooting of two Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies. One deputy, Ricky Kinchen, died in the shooting.

This audio program is Black Power and Racial Violence. It is a 59-minute Night Call radio program recorded on June 26, 1968.

H. Rap Brown (Hubert G. Brown, b. 1943) was a field worker for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1968. At the time of this program, Brown had recently been released after spending two months in a New Orleans prison. Brown spoke of the revolutionary struggle of Black people in the U.S., saying the Black population is oppressed by systems run by the White leadership.He says a Black person is either free or is a slave. He blames rebellions in U.S. cities on conditions supported by President Lyndon Johnson. Callers ask if Black people are also racist, whether Brown is doing a disservice to Black people, why the violence was happening in the cities, how to justify the riots, what direction should Black people go politically, how Black people can gain control over their own lives, why Black people want rights without working for them, if Black and White people can live peacefully together, and whether Civil Rights legislation has helped his cause.