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Mumia Abu-Jamal

American political activist and journalist who was convicted of murder

Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook on April 24, 1954) is an American activist. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.).[3] Before his arrest he was a Black Panther Party activist, taxi driver, and journalist and still continued his efforts in prison. Since the time when he was found guilty, his case has received attention around the world, and he has become a controversial cultural icon. Supporters and opponents disagree on whether it is right for him to receive the death penalty, if he is guilty, or if he received a fair trial.[4][5][6] During his imprisonment he has published several books and other commentaries, notably Live from Death Row. As of 2008, his legal appeals are still unsettled, and he is a prisoner at State Correctional Institution Greene near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Mumia Abu-Jamal
Born (1954-04-24) April 24, 1954 (age 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
EducationBenjamin Franklin High School (Philadelphia)
Goddard College (B.A.)
California State University, Dominguez Hills (M.A.)[1]
OccupationJournalist/activist
Spouse(s)1.Biba (former)
2.Marilyn "Peaches" Cook (former)
3.Wadiya (current)
Children3[2]
Parent(s)William and Edith Cook

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Mumia Abu-Jamal". Seven Stories Press. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  2. Burroughs, Todd Steven (December 2001). "Mumia Abu-Jamal's Family Faces Future While Fighting Fear 20th Anniversary of 1981 Shooting Approaches". NNPA News Service. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  3. Commonwealth v. Abu-Jamal, Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Philadelphia, Case Nos. 1357-59.
  4. "A Life in the Balance: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal". Amnesty International. February 17, 2000. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
  5. Taylor Jr., Stuart (December 1995). "Guilty and Framed". The American Lawyer. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
  6. "European Parliament resolution 9(f) B4-1170/95 (p. 39 of original, 49 of pdf)" (pdf). European Parliament. September 21, 1995. Retrieved 2008-01-22.