Born OTD in 1954, political activist and journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Beginning at the age of 14 in 1968, Abu-Jamal became involved with the Black Panther Party & was a member until October 1970. After he left the party, he completed his high school education, & later became a radio reporter. He eventually served as president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. He supported the MOVE Organization in Philadelphia and covered the 1978 confrontation in which one police officer was killed. The MOVE Nine were the members who were arrested and convicted of murder in that case.

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Produced under the auspices of Amnesty International, this is a compact analysis of the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal who had been incarcerated on Pennsylvania’s death row. His case has generated more controversy and attention, both national and international, than that of any other inmate currently under sentence of death in the USA and Amnesty’s belief is that the interests of justice would be best served by the granting of a new trial. Mumia Abu-Jamal support groups exist in the UK and Europe.

On December 7, 2011, District Attorney of Philadelphia R. Seth Williams announced that prosecutors, with the support of the victim’s family, would no longer seek the death penalty for Abu-Jamal and would accept a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Available online.

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