[BROWN, H. Rap (b. 1943)]. Press photograph of H. Rap Brown, SNCC Leader, addressing a crowd. Cambridge, MD, 25 July [1967].

10 x 7.5 in. silver gelatin photograph (crease in top right corner, red ink edits, minor residue on verso). Caption in negative; ink stamp, "Date Used Oct 17 1983," and notations on verso.  

H. Rap Brown was the fifth chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1966 and during a brief 6-month alliance with the Black Panther Party, served as their minister of justice. As a high-profile protester he often advocated for violence against the government, which caused him to be targeted by the COINTELPRO program. In early 1970, he fled for 18 months and appeared on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List." It should be noted that while in prison (1971-76), he converted to Islam and changed his name to Jamil Abdullah al-Amin. 

On the evening of 24 July 1967, following Brown's fiery address to a crowd of "about 250" in Cambridge, a city where racial tension was high, shots were fired as Brown left the rally and he was wounded in the forehead by a shotgun pellet. About an hour after Brown was rushed out by supporters, a riot ensued, with gunfire exchanged between police officers and African American residents. All of the structures on Pine Street burned, with 17 buildings destroyed, among them an African American school. Governor Spiro Agnew attributed the damages to Brown and sought to have him charged with inciting a riot through his impassioned speech. Two days later, he was tracked down and arrested by the FBI.

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