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No 1 (2018): Abolishing Carceral Society, 8-9

Long Live John Africa!

December 1, 2018


If we are to adopt the name of abolitionist, let us do soopenly, mindfully, and aware of its great and true significance.

For, guild history has rewritten the texts, and penned what Black historian Lerone Bennett has called “theology” rather than truth to depict some figures of the past, to create a past that never lived.

We all know of Lincoln, for we were taught of him as children: “The Great Emancipator.” Bennett’s view is that he was (as were most men of his era) a white supremacist who was “forced into glory” (the title of his book, by the way). He was many things, but he wasn’t an abolitionist. ...

Author Biography

Mumia Abu-Jamal is author of We Want Freedom: A Life in the Black Panther Party (Common Notions, 2016) and ten other books written from deep inside America’s gulag. He is an internationally renowned and acclaimed journalist and author whose case and writings have garnered him broad worldwide support. For more than twenty years his piercing weekly radio commentaries have been broadcast around the world.