Remembering George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party, who became an activist in prison. He wrote the Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson that became a best-seller.
The reblog is an excellent overview of who he was. It’s important we remember our history and pass it on to the younger generation.
looks at the legacy of Black Panther and revolutionary prisoner George Jackson on the anniversary of his murder in 1971.
GEORGE JACKSON was murdered by prison guards on August 21, 1971. Half a century later, his story deserves to be known by a new generation of activists.
Jackson was born on September 23, 1941, in Chicago. He was raised by a loving mother and father, and given particular attention by his grandfather, George “Papa” Davis. But at age 15, Jackson was imprisoned at a youth facility in California after several juvenile convictions.
“Capture, imprisonment, is the closest to being dead that one is likely to experience in this life,” Jackson later wrote in his book Soledad Brother. “When told to do something, I simply played the idiot and spent my time reading. The absentminded bookworm, I was in full revolt by the time seven months were up.”
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