Born in 1944, Cleveland Sellers began his involvement with the Civil Rights Movement in 1960 at age 15. By 1965, he was the program director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Sellers said, "The national Democratic party's rejection of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) at the 1964 convention was to the civil rights movement what the Civil War was to American history: afterward, things could never be the same.” Along with his close friend and SNCC comrade, Stokely Carmichael, Sellers became an early champion of the new racial spirituality and nationalistic consciousness called Black Power, which sought black liberation from white oppression "by any means necessary." Seller's courageous, frenetic, and ultimately cataclysmic life in the Movement offers a complex narrative of an African-American student activist whose Christian faith was profoundly changed by the spirituality of black nationalism.
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