A CED Black History Month Moment | “H. Rap Brown”
A friend of mine recently mentioned two names via a tweet, that grabbed my attention and I decided to delve into it and do some research as to who the people he mentioned were. Apparently, H. Rap Brown is an activist and an author, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of who he really is.
According to my reading and research H. Rap Brown, was born Hubert Gerold Brown and was the 5th leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. H. Rap Brown began nonviolent, but soon ventured into a more liberal movement, the Black Panther Party. He soon became a target. He appeared on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List after avoiding trial on charges of inciting a riot. Brown was never tried in court due to multiple bomb attempts on the courthouse he was being tried at. Brown disappeared for 18 months after a reported shootout with police officers. It is ironic to me that someone who began in a peaceful movement could venture so far as to murder police officers, which he is currently serving a life sentence for right now.
H. Rap Brown is the victim of what happens to a lot of black politicians and activists that aren’t too well liked by white counterparts. The FBI gets involved and the activist somehow disappears, whether it be assassination or some other act of some sort. Though H. Rap Brown is not glamorized in schools (for obvious reasons) his story is one that must be recognized to understand the totality of the black movement. He is our story. He is Black History.