How Stokely Carmichael Burned Bright, Burned Out

How Stokely Carmichael 
Burned Bright, Burned Out 1

Bruno Barbey, Magnum Photos

Stokely Carmichael, 1969

Stokely Carmichael embodied the freedom struggle of the 1960s in the way that a comet might speak for a candle; he cast a light, just more so. His lightning illuminated a decade of inspired endeavors and merciless losses: morality plays scrawled by saints and cynics trying to conjure revolutionary fire. How we see these dramas tells us who we are.