Time Frame: 1 Month
Plan of Action: Contact Morehouse College and Morehouse Police Department and demand that an act of police brutality perpetrated against civil rights icon Mukasa Dada (WIllie Ricks) be corrected and that he be compensated for his injuries.
Purpose of Action: Rectify an act of politice brutality against Mukasa Dada, formerly named Willie Ricks, creator of the term “Black Power” and pioneering civil rights activist.
Morehouse police beat up Civil Rights Leader and Elder, Mukasa Dada former known as Willie Ricks of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), on Thursday, November 10, 2005 at Morehouse College. As a Field Secretary for SNCC and overall freedom fighter for Black people in general, we feel this attack by Morehouse Police is dishonorable, appallingly contradictory, and a slap in the face to all Black Leadership past, present, and future. Mukasa Dada’s history in the civil rights movement, Black power movement, and all Black progressive movements is impeccable. Not only did Mukasa Dada popularized the chant of “Black Power” but he is highly spoken of by other civil rights leaders.
Who Is Mukasa Dada?
- Civil Rights Leader, Elder, Father, Organizer, Orator
- Field Secretary of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
- “The fiery orator of SNCC” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1967 book, Where Do We Go From Here
- “Willie Ricks must rank as one of those unknown heroes who captured the mood of history. In calling for Black Power, he caught the essence of the spirit, moving Black people in the United States and around the world who were poor, Black, and without power” – James Forman of SNCC
- Popularized of the chant, “Black Power”