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.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive (University of Southern Mississippi Libraries)
- Documenting Our Past: The Teenie Harris Archive Project (Carnegie Museum of Art)
- Freedom summer digital collection (Wisconsin Historical Society)