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The legacy of Charles v. Hamilton and Black Power

The legacy of Charles v. Hamilton and Black Power

A tribute to a true theorist of democracy Illustration by The Atlantic; source: New York City tenements (Associated Press) February 22, 2024, 1:16 PM ET This is an edition of Time-Travel Thursdays, a journey through The Atlantic’s archives to contextualize the present and surface delightful treasures. Sign up here. This week, The New York Times published news of the death of Charles V. Hamilton, the political scientist who co-wrote the book Black Power in 1967 with his much more famous colleague and comrade, Kwame Ture, once known as Stokely Carmichael. Hamilton died months ago, and the news was apparently made public only after a close friend of Hamilton’s was notified by his bank. During his life, Hamilton took great care to deflect attention and recognition for his work away from himself and toward the Black activists who learned from him. It would seem that he departed this Earth in the same way. Now that Hamilton can no longer bat away deserved praise for his career, I hope I can offer a small tribute. Hamilton was …