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Todd Steven Burroughs

radical prison journalist and author. Mumia Abu-Jamal was born Wesley Cook in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a teenager in the 1960s he was attracted to the Black Panther Party (BPP). Cook—christened “Mumia” by one of his high school teachers—helped form the BPP's Philadelphia chapter in spring 1969 and became the chapter's lieutenant of information. He wrote articles for the Black Panther, the party's national newspaper, and traveled to several cities to perform BPP work. He left the party in the fall of 1970 because of the split between Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton.

After attending Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont Cook now calling himself Mumia Abu Jamal the surname is Arabic for father of Jamal Jamal being his firstborn returned to Philadelphia and began a radio broadcasting career in the early 1970s Abu Jamal was part of the first generation of black journalists to become professional newscasters for ...


Alonford James Robinson

Walter Rodney was an outspoken author, scholar, and activist who championed the rights of the working class around the world. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana, in 1942. Rodney excelled academically, displaying a strong command of history and social theory. He graduated from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and from London University's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). At the age of twenty-four he was awarded a Ph.D. in history by SOAS.

Rodney's voice was powerful and articulate as he spoke out against colonialism and worked to develop a political consciousness among the Caribbean working class. As a professor, Rodney had a profound impact on students and workers at the University of the West Indies. His immense popularity with young radicals and organized labor threatened the Jamaican government. In 1968 while he was attending a meeting of the Montreal Congress of Black ...