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Abu-Jamal, Mumia

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.