Born on this day 1954, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Political activist & journalist who has been in prison since 1982.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook; April 24, 1954) is a political activist and journalist who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1982 for the 1981 murder of a police officer. He is a supporter of the MOVE Organization, and was also a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970 but left the party and became a radio reporter, eventually becoming president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. After numerous appeals, his sentence was commuted in 2011 to life imprisonment withour parole.

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