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In his youth Mumia Abu-Jamal helped found the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party, wrote for the national newspaper, and began his life-long work of exposing the violence of the state as it manifests in entrenched poverty, endemic racism, and unending police brutality and celebrating a people’s unending quest for freedom. In We Want Freedom, Mumia combines personal experience with extensive research to provide a compelling history of the Black Panther Party—what it was, where it came from, and what rose from its ashes. Mumia also pays special attention to the U.S. government’s disruption of the organization through COINTELPRO and similar operations.
While Abu-Jamal is a prolific writer and probably the world’s most famous political prisoner, this book is unlike any of Mumia’s previous works. In We Want Freedom, Abu-Jamal applies his sharp critical faculties to an examination of one of the U.S.’s most revolutionary and most misrepresented groups. A subject previously explored by various historians and forever ripe for "insider" accounts, the Black Panther Party has not yet been addressed by a writer with the well-earned international acclaim of Abu-Jamal, nor with his unique combination of a powerful, even poetic, voice and an unsparing critical gaze. Abu-Jamal is able to make his own Black Panther Party days come alive as well as help situate the organization within its historical context, a context that included both great revolutionary fervor and hope, and great repression. In this era, when the US PATRIOT Act dismantles some of the same rights and freedoms violated by the FBI in their attack on the Black Panther Party, the story of how the Party grew and matured while combating such invasions is a welcome and essential lesson.
|1||The beginnings of the Black Panther Party and the history it sprang from||1|
|2||The deep roots of the struggle for black liberation||31|
|3||A Panther walks in Philly||51|
|4||The Black Panther Party||65|
|5||"Huey's party" grows||95|
|6||The empire strikes back : cointelpro||117|
|7||A woman's party||159|
|8||A panther's life||185|
|10||One, two, many parties||227|
|About Mumia Abu-Jamal||293|
Posted August 10, 2004
A well written & easy to read autobiography (of an individual and an organization) that shatters myths and distortions of the legacy of the Black Panther Party. Mumia does an excellent job of drawing historical and ideological lessons from the Party's life and actions placing it in the context of the nationwide and worldwide surges of revolution and national liberation struggles. Especially important is his contribution (in the book) on the role of women in the Party, the role of the Black Panther newspaper in reaching and speaking to the masses, also his total contempt of 'the snitches' that the police and FBI helped to plant within the Party to disrupt and discredit it from within. Highly recommended for those studying the movements of the 1960's, the civil rights movement, the revolutionary movement, movements against the war in vietnam, etc,.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.