Stokely Carmichael Reportedly Held in Guinean Jail
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Stokely Carmichael, who once advocated black militancy in the United States and now lives in Guinea under the name of Kwame Toure, has been jailed for allegedly preaching revolution in that West African country, a political co- worker said Sunday.
″We do not know when he was arrested,″ said Bob Brown, a spokesman for the Washington-based All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party. ″But we have confirmed that he has definitely been arrested and is in jail somewhere in Guinea.″
Another party member, Wally Mohammed, said that Toure had been arrested for allegedly trying to overthrow the government of Guinea, but had no further details. However, Brown said, ″We do not know the reasons for the arrest, about his health or his safety.″
Guinea is headed by Col. Lansana Konte, who took power in a 1984 coup.
A spokesman for the State Department, Anita Stockman, said she did not have any information about Toure, who has lived in Guinea since 1969.
Toure, when he was known as Stokely Carmichael, headed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1966 until his ouster in 1969. He was a strident advocate of black militancy during that period.
Since then, Toure has been working for pan-Africanism in advocating the unification of Africa under Socialist rule, Brown said.
″The current government in Guinea clearly understands his work worldwide is for the party. He simply is working for the party,″ Brown said.
Brown, who is a member along with Toure of the committee that runs the All- African Peoples Revolutionary Party, said party members heard about Toure’s arrest through unofficial channels and have been unable to verify it either through the government in Guinea or from the Guinean embassies in the United States.
″The ambassador in Washington assured us that Kwame was loved in Guinea,″ he said.
Brown said Toure, who visited the United States in May to do organizing work for the party, was living with his wife and child in Guinea and that his family’s status was unknown.
The party was planning demonstrations at Guinean embassies in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities and several European capitals Sunday in hopes of finding out more information about Toure, Brown said.