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Ricks, Willie Floyd, 1943-

Biography:

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."

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