Abstract

This work surveys the life story and scholarship of imprisoned intellectual radical Mumia Abu-Jamal for the purpose of presenting an exemplary model of intergenerational Black political resistance. By uniting the social activism of Abu-Jamal’s life with the contemporary youth movements of the moment, the study identifies and articulates a mutual dialectic of violence, resistance, and repression. By emphasizing these commonalities of experience we move toward a coterminous recognition of the continuity of struggle. Coterminous recognition emphasizes the shared origin and interconnectedness of Black revolutionary initiatives and deemphasizes generational divisions. Finally, using a number of previously unpublished letters and papers generated by Abu-Jamal, as well as employing an extensive examination of the breadth of his professional life, the paper suggests that coterminous recognition may be a vital and necessary approach to the efficacy of our political objectives.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2162-3252
Print ISSN
2162-3244
Pages
pp. 91-116
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-03
Open Access
No
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