by Mumia Abu-Jamal
South End Press
As a young Black Panther, Mumia Abu-Jamal helped found the Philadelphia branch, wrote for the newspaper, and began his life-long fight for freedom. In We Want Freedom, Mumia combines his memories of day-to-day life in the Party with analysis of the history of Black liberation struggles. The result is a vivid and compelling picture of the Black Panther Party.
Applying his poetic voice and unsparing critical gaze, Mumia examines one of the most revolutionary and most misrepresented groups in the United States. His in-depth investigation of government intervention in progressive movements, especially the deadly effects of COINTELPRO, provides timely lessons in the USA PATRIOT Act era.
We Want Freedom focuses on the men and women who were the Party, as much as on the leadership. By locating the Black Panthers in a struggle centuries old-and in the personal memories of a young man-Mumia Abu-Jamal helps us to understand freedom.