2. soulrevision:

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    29 years ago on this day, May 13, 1985, the U.S. dropped a bomb on the members of MOVE in Philadelphia killing 11 people, including 5 children.

    The MOVE organization was a Philly based black liberation movement that was adamant about revolution & advocated a ‘back to nature’ lifestyle. The MOVE organization lived communally, frequently engaged in public demonstrations & vowed to lead lives uninterrupted by government, police or technology. MOVE was founded by John Africa & its members also adopted the surname ‘Africa’, vegan diets & were passionate about animal rights.

    Since MOVE’s inception, they were seen as a threat to the Philly Police Department & in 1978, police raided their Powelton Village home. The raid resulted in the death of 1 police officer and the beating and arrest of 9 MOVE members. Afterwards, they relocated to the infamous house on 6221 Osage St. 

    On May 13, 1985, more than 500 police officers surrounded MOVE’s fortified house in West Philly, to serve arrest warrants on its members. After a gun battle during which the police failed to dislodge the group, a police helicopter was dispatched over the MOVE house and dropped 2 bombs. The Philly Fire Dept delayed putting out the flames at MOVE’s house stating that they, “didnt want to put their men in harms way”. The explosion from the bombs started a fire that destroyed MOVE’s house & 60 other houses, leaving 250 people homeless. 11 MOVE members, including 5 of their children were killed. Only Michael and Ramona Africa, an adult in the group, survived. 

    Names & ages of the 5 MOVE kids killed by Philly police in the 1985 bombing: 
    Tomasa - 7 
    Delicia - 9 
    Phil - 10 
    Netta - 11 
    Tree - 13

    To learn more about the 1985 MOVE bombing in Philly, read PBS’ article, here: to.pbs.org/1jDZ7s3 

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  3. harrisspeaks:

    Freedom Riders. 50th anniversary. May 4, 1961.

  5. navigator913:


    On this day in 1941 Emmett Till was born. He was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Emmett Till would have been 72 years old today.

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  7. burnedshoes:

    © Paul Fusco, 2000, Women in mourning and outrage, New York City

    In 1999, four white policemen fired 41 bullets at a young Muslim Guinean immigrant in the Bronx. 19 hit their mark. The killing prompted outrage both within and outside New York when information emerged indicating that the murdered Amadou Diallo was unarmed at the time and did not threaten the officers. The killing was viewed by many as police brutality stemming from a culture of racial profiling.

    Prosecutors brought six alternative charges against each of the cops; none of them stuck - not the counts of murder, the two of manslaughter, not homicide nor reckless endangerment. All officers were acquitted after the trial was moved to an Albany, New York court, as a result of a City appellate’s court ruling that pre-trial publicity had made a fair trial in New York City impossible.

    Diallo’s death, the change of venue, and the verdict each sparked massive demonstrations against police brutality and racial profiling, resulting in more than 1,700 arrests. Charges against the protestors were later dropped.

    No New York City police officer has ever been convicted of murder for actions in the line of duty. A grand jury charged a New York officer with murder only once before, in 1992, but the charges were reduced and the officer was acquitted. (+)

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  10. likeafieldmouse:

    Jo Ann Callis - Man at Table (1977)