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Mumia Abu-Jamal – And why you should know his name

Mumia Abu-Jamal was tried, convicted and sentenced to death in 1982 for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, an incident which took place on December 9,1981. For the next 30 years, Mumia was held in isolation on Death Row.

He was kept there for over ten years even though a federal judge ordered his death sentence overturned in 2001.

However, after losing numerous appeals of that order, the Philadelphia District Attorney on December 7, 2011 announced he was giving up his attempts to restore Mumia’s death sentence.

Mumia remains in prison under a sentence of life without parole.


Mumia Abu-Jamal is:

  • an internationally celebrated black writer and radio journalist
  • author of six books and hundreds of columns and articles
  • organizer and inspiration for the prison lawyers movement
  • former member of the Black Panther Party and supporter of Philadelphia’s radical MOVE organization

who has spent the last 30 years in prison, almost all of it in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s Death Row.

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