Incarceration Nation

Chuck Africa Returns Home

By Mumia Abu-Jamal

For more than 40 years, Chuck Africa of the renowned group “The MOVE 9” and a veteran of the confrontation between MOVE and the Philadelphia Police on August 8, 1978, was imprisoned in prisons in several parts of Pennsylvania with a presumably illegal sentence from 30 to 100 years for third degree homicide.

Several days ago, he came out of prison and came home.

Chuck, the youngest of “The MOVE 9,” was one of the most energetic members.

During the ’80s he was part of a boxing team and fought in fights everywhere in the state, aiming at the jaws of his opponents. He was champion of the punches, inside and out of the ring.

When I was at Dallas State Penitentiary, a white shirt officer disrespected him, and Chuck knocked him out.

For years he studied history. Black History, World History. He taught what he learned to other prisoners.

Finally, Chuck Africa is coming home. The last of “The MOVE 9.”

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