Mumia Abu-Jamal has been surviving a life behind bars.
For a crime that most probably he did not commit.
In his own words:
“Imagine living, eating, sleeping, relieving oneself, daydreaming, weeping –
but mostly waiting, in a room about the size of your bathroom.
Now imagine doing all those things – but mostly waiting,
for the rest of your life.
Imagine waiting – waiting – waiting to die.
I don’t have to imagine.
I “live” in one of those rooms, like about 3,000 other men and women
in 38 states across the United States.
It’s called “death row”.
I call it “hell”…“
Mumia was originally sentenced to death, as a result of a scandalous trial ruled by the “hanging judge”, Albert Sabo .
During this particular trial, the judge was quoted by the stenographer, saying:
“Yeah, and I’m going to help them fry the nigger.”
Maybe the most unifying journalist that the US had seen by the 1980s, Mumia had to also drive a taxi in order to support his family, in Philadelphia, the “city of brotherly love”.
The city that instead of Joe Frazier, the real boxing champion, decided to build a statue honoring Rocky Balboa, a fictional character…
During this “Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal”, we get a chance to learn more about the work of the “Long Distance Revolutionary”, before his conviction, as well as during his time in the death row and his life sentence.
A journalist that once received compliments for his work by president Carter, one that was also elected as the president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, later had to name his first book “Live From Death Row”.
His story is an incredible one, of a spirit that can’t be chained.
Mumia Abu-Jamal together with the director Stephen Vittoria, have published two books, as parts of the trilogy “Murder Incorporated: Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny.”
Their third book is expected by the summer of 2020.