We Want Freedom 2/e
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Mumia Abu-Jamal, America’s most famous political prisoner, is internationally known for his “live from death row” radio broadcasts and writings. In his youth, he helped found the Philadelphia branch of the Black Panther Party, wrote for the national newspaper, and began his lifelong work of exposing the violence of the state as it manifests in entrenched poverty, endemic racism, and unending police brutality. We Want Freedom combines Mumia’s memories of day-to-day life in the Party with analysis of the history of Black liberation struggles. Applying his poetic voice and unsparing critical gaze, Mumia constructs a vivid and compelling picture of the Black Panther Party and its legacy, focusing on the ordinary men and women who were the Party, as much as on the leadership. As calls that Black lives matter grow louder, Mumia connects the historical dots between contemporary struggles and the Panthers’ demand for the “immediate end to police brutality and the murder of Black people.” By locating the Black Panthers in a struggle centuries old, and in the personal memories of a young man, Mumia Abu-Jamal helps us to understand—and to demand—freedom.