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Abu-Jamal, Mumia (Wesley Cook)

Born: 1954 AD
Currently alive, at 61 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Journalist, Political Activists


1954 - Born on the 24th of April in Philadelphia.


1974 - Served as Minister of Information for the Philadelphia Black Panthers.


        - Worked as a print and radio journalist who had aired on National Public Radio and National Black Network.


          - Served as president of the Philadelphia Society of Black Journalists.


1970  - One of very few reporters in Philadelphia willing to cover the activities of the radical Black organization MOVE, which was under heavy police repression.


1981 - Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop of a vehicle driven by William Cook, Abu-Jamal's younger brother.


         -  Witnesses stated that while he was receiving medical treatment, Mumia Abu-Jamal acknowledged that he shot Daniel Faulkner.


1995 - The ballistics expert for the defense testified that due to Jamal's struggle with the police during his arrest, such a test would have been difficult to accomplish and, due to the gunpowder residue possibly being shaken or rubbed off, would not have been scientifically reliable.


2001 - The proposal to make Abu-Jamal an honorary citizen was approved by the city's council.


2003 - Awarded the status of honorary citizen of Paris in a ceremony attended by former Black Panther Angela Davis.





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