We pay tribute to the late Chokwe Lumumba (August 2, 1947 – February 25, 2014) by reposting this classic speech of his from African Liberation Day in Washington, DC 2008. Help continue to the legacy and work of Chokwe Lumumba by supporting Cooperation Jackson.
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Mari-Djata: There is a ton of presumption there, a lot misguided too in this case. No need to go into too much detail and i cannot speak for BAR as i no longer work with them, but i was aware of Eddie’s release, i announced it as it happened @imixwhatilike on twitter, instagram and Facebook and was able to greet the brother personally. We also just did an interview with him and Ms. Stevenson and some of the brothers they work with and that will air soon.
Serious…? I know you got fired from WPFW and everything Dr. Ball, but did Democracy Now really have to beat you to telling the people that Marshall Eddie Conway was released from prison? In fact, I looked through all of my supposed left leaning, Pan-Africanist, Black nationalist ensemble and found that only two San Francisco BayView (really –the West Coast beat folks from Baltimore to the news) and JR Valrey’s Block Report Radio (which isn’t surprising given its association with BayView).
Nothing from Uhuru News, the Final Call (they can talk about “revealing the truth about ufos” but nothing about our newly released brother), Your World News, the RealNews Network (which is not Black oriented but is in Baltimore and has talked about political prisoners before), TRGGR Radio, or other sites that I find important in my political education. Even a quick search of youtube brings up scant information (when filtered for videos created “this month,” only six pages comes up, not all of them about Conway and not all of them directly about his release from prison). But everybody has a quick little blurb or post-up about our dearly departed and beloved Chokwe Lumumba –which is to be expected, no doubt. But when the scrambling Black left is looking desperately claim any sort of victory, which do one go to first, the newly deceased/assassinated revolutionary or the man who has fought and defeated COINTELPRO’s attempt on his life?
And for the life of me, I don’t understand how groups like BAR and others managed to ignore this wonderous news to ride Dr. Monteiro. I just don’t get that shit at all. The fact that some defunct department in some rapidly gentrifying neighborhood needs so much attention, especially when compared side by side to the ravishes of COINTELPRO on both, our youth and elders, is beyond me. Temple is not our school, it will never be used in any shape or form to obtain our liberation, and such an institution has the right to hire and fire dependent beggars as they wish. When you are not serving the wishes of the status quo, you are supposed to be block from its institutions, right??
Anyway, I am writing this on your site in particular because I KNOW that you know that Marshall Eddie Conway is out of jail and I know you know him intimately. I would be surprised if you were not a part of his welcoming party as he exited the building, though I admit that is presumptuous. I expected somebody like you to have mic in hand recording every word that he said on such a momentous day. I guess I was wrong to have such trust.
RIP Chokwe Lumumba… I was actually considering the advantages of moving down to Jackson, MS to be apart of his movement down there this past two weeks. Strange synchronicity. I’m sad to see him go. I’m certainly suspicious of his death though.
Chokwe Lumumba, Dead at 66, Leaves Behind Revolutionary Legacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N32-J0lfuo