The case of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal took a surprising turn Tuesday when the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously declared his death sentence unconstitutional. It is the second time the court has agreed with a lower court judge who set aside Abu-Jamal’s death sentence after finding jurors were given confusing instructions that encouraged them to choose death rather than a life sentence. Now Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and journalist, could get a new sentencing hearing in court. We speak with his co-counsel, Judith Ritter, and Linn Washington, an award-winning journalist who has followed Abu-Jamal’s case for almost three decades. –Democracy Now
Archive for April, 2011
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Moderated by Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, Assistant Professor of Black Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Professor Bill Strickland teaches political science in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection. Professor Strickland is a founding member of the independent black think tank, the Institute of the Black World, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Strickland was a consultant to both series of the prize-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, Eyes on the Prize , and the senior consultant on the PBS documentary, Malcolm X : Make It Plain. He also wrote the companion book. Bill Strickland was head of the Northern Student Movement, which was the Northern counterpart to SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee). One of his accomplishments while serving in that position was arranging a meeting between Malcolm X and Fannie Lou Hamer when the MFDP (Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party) came to Harlem. Strickland has been a sharp and caustic critic of American racism and imperialism, through his work as a Political Scientist and Historian. He is in the best tradition of Black Studies, the movement veteran and intellectual scholar/professor, engaged in the struggle while simultaneously providing the highest level of analysis on most any topic in the field.
On this episode (in two parts) we celebrate the life of Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz). In the wake of the controversy surrounding the recent publication of Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by the late Dr. Manning Marable, we thought it would be good to once again turn to Malcolm’s own words and that of one of his close associates, Dr. John Henrik Clarke from a documentary on his life entitled “A Great and Mighty Walk.”
We hear clips of speeches Malcolm gave after his break with the Nation of Islam and excerpts from speeches he gave after his return from his hajj to Mecca. We hear commentary on the Marable retelling of Malcolm’s life by Dr. Jared Ball writing for Black Agenda Report. TRGGR co-host Rec called in from Springfield to give us a quick update on the Latino Youth Media fundraising initiative. And brother Bakari Ayinde called in from Detroit to lend his perspective on Malcolm’s life. We didn’t have time to discuss the National Conference on Media Reform, but you can hear the panel featuring Mariama White-Hammond, Rosa Clemente, Dr. Jared Ball and Chris Tinson here. Your feedback is welcomed. Leave comment here or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!