Howze, Samuel


After his family had been displaced from Fullerton Street by urban renewal, Howze grew up in public housing in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Inspired by Malcolm X and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Howze went to Mississippi, where arrests and beatings radicalized him. After changing his name to Sala Udin, he became active in Pittsburgh's "Black Consciousness/Black Power" movement, co-founding a drug treatment program (Ile Elegba), acting in a local theater group that included Rob Penny and August Wilson, and establishing a branch of the black-nationalist group, Congress of African People. -- Pittsburgh Urban League WWW site.

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