Surveilling Our Father w Jamil Muhammad

Pictured: Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Leonard Carson Ball

Recently researchers of the history of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Cincinnati, Ohio turned up FBI – as well as Secret Service and Military Intelligence – surveillance of, among others, our father Leonard C. Ball (pictured here shaking hands with Kwame Ture). Jamil Muhammad and Jared Ball discuss this family legacy and its relationship to contemporary political struggle.

See our follow up discussion with Mr. Tom Porter about his role in the leadership of SNCC and CORE and his reaction to being named as a target in these surveillance files.


  1. I Live in Cincinnati Ohio & Am Very close to Elders who were present at the several meetings … in Avondale as well as Lincoln Heights! Im very intrigued into seeing those documents…you mentioned during this imiXwhatilike! Are these documents available digitally or even if available by postage?
    My name is Bro. Cadence I can be reached at or on Facebook at Look forward to hearing from either of you. Thank you for your continual work towards Social Justice.

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