Ricks, Willie Floyd, 1943-
Willie Ricks, also known as Mukasa Dada, was a prominent civil rights activist, community organizer and leader in the struggle for equal rights in the United States. Ricks first gained recognition for his work, alongside John Lewis, as a field secretary in SNCC. While a member of SNCC, Ricks actively planned and organized sit-ins, marches and public demonstrations throughout Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. Following an intellectual and ideological split from SNCC, Ricks became active in the Black Panther Party, along with friend and colleague Stokely Carmichael, where he coined and helped popularize the slogan "Black Power."
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Individuals Active in Civil Disturbances, volume 2 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)
- Series 2515 : Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission Records Online, 1994-2006, Photographs (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)
- Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission photograph of Howard Spencer, Cleveland Sellers, Willie Ricks and Stokley [sic] Carmichael at the Jackson Municipal Airport, Jackson, Mississippi, 1967 May 18 (Black-and-white photographs)
- Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission photograph of Willie Ricks dressed in overalls and standing with a group of young African American males on a sidewalk in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964 June (Black-and-white photographs)
- Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Collection, 2005-2006 (Atlanta History Center)