One could say a lot about the unjust issue of how America has kept so many Black people imprisoned, many of who are actually innocent. But the story of Mumia Abu Jamal is not only unique because of his political opinion as well as his symbolic hold on the American consciousness. It is a travesty of international proportions that after 25 yeas, this father of three is still languishing in prison. But the aim of this post is to shine a light also on his activism and his writing. I have recently bought his latest book of short but sharp articles, titled Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? It is a harrowing read, and makes so clear the extent to which Black lives are just disrespected to say the least.
He writes under the title To Protect and Serve Whom?
The Reason Movements Emerge: “When a society reaches a dead end, when it can no longer persist in its old ways, social movements arise to push it to its next stage of development. if that social movement is able to project its ideas, and spread them widely enough, and these ideas find room in the hearts and minds of the People, such movements may make that next step, and define the era’s zeitgeist and what is and is not the common good. History shows us that social movements can transform society, but they do not go uncontested, for the status quo of the state abhors change. The state always sees change as a challenge, and it utilizes its vast power to counteract any such change.” –
Here is a film that gives a fuller picture of this man’s story.
I know that the title reads Alice Coltrane and Joe Henderson, much respect to these greats, but the start of this particular goosebump inducing song is the bassist Charlie Haden and of course the narrator etc, Kenneth Nash.