Monday, Dec. 3, attorneys for political prisoner of war, Mumia Abu-Jamal, attended Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court before Judge Leon Tucker to present previously suppressed evidence of judicial misconduct by Justice Ron Castille, but they were promptly dismissed after the brief “3 to 5 minute formality hearing.”
During the medal ceremony after their 200-meter race at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Oct. 16, 1968, African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos partook in a very defiant act of social protest that immortalized them.
Last Thursday, Sept. 20, attorneys for former record executive Marion “Suge” Knight, 53, agreed to a plea deal that will sentence him to 28 years in prison when they return to court Oct. 4. He has remained incarcerated since the 2015 hit and run on the set of hip-hop super group NWA’s biopic, “Straight Outta Compton.”
Saturday, Sept. 8, after the conclusion of the East New York Restoration 5K run, awards and praises were bestowed on 1968 Olympic bronze medalist Dr. John Carlos.
During last Thursday’s (Black Aug. 30) presentation at Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas, attorneys for death row survivor Mumia Abu-Jamal successfully argued for another opportunity to present previously suppressed evidence and were granted a 60-day continuance by Judge Leon Tucker.
Although November is recognized as “Hip-Hop History Month” by many of the pioneers who laid the foundation for the Bronx-bred culture in November 1973, several months earlier, an 18-year-old Jamaican-born DJ was already hosting parties in the West Bronx.
Activists are urging the public to pack the courthouse Thursday, Black Aug. 30, at 1301 Filbert St., Philadelphia to demand that political prisoner-of-war Mumia Abu-Jamal be granted the opportunity to present evidence of his innocence that had previously been suppressed by a judge they contend had ulterior motives.
Tuesday, Aug. 21, numerous inmates in at least 21 cities across the country began one of the largest prison strikes in the history of the United States, in protest of inhumane living conditions they contend are reminiscent of “modern-day slavery.”
Shortly after Huey Newton and Bobby Seale established the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland, Calif., during October 1966, the movement spread, eventually reaching New York during spring 1968.
Having been incarcerated since 1973, original Black Panther activist Robert Seth Hayes, 69, was released on parole last Tuesday.